What is 45 minutes worth to you?

Do you think you spend more time at work than with your family?

If you said yes, the evidence says you’re right. Statistics Canada reported today that between 1985 and 2005, the average Canadian has added more than 5 40-hour work weeks to their year.

Who loses when people work that much? Families.

Stats Can reports that in 1986, the average Canadian spent 250 minutes per day with family. By 2005, that fell to 205 minutes. This was true for both men and women, though women spent 39 fewer minutes, and men spent 45 fewer.

The Globe and Mail has picked up on this story and its forums are going wild.

This isn’t news, however. Juliet Schor reported this trend back in 1991 with her book “The Overworked American”. And way back in 1967, can you believe they were talking about the leisure “problem”?

So the truth is, we’re overworked. We spend far more time with our co-workers than with our families. What does that precious 45 minutes do to our lives? Since 1986, what has changed?

What is 45 minutes to you?
* is it a story at bed time?
* is it dinner at the table with your partner?
* is it time to smooth over an argument?
* is it a chance to help choose next semester’s course with a teenager?
* is it extras time for pillow talk?

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