Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The reason Americans value ‘busyness’ has less do with work ethic than culture

“When you tell other people how swamped you are these days, they’ll think you’re really important.

But according to new research from Columbia Business School, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School, that implicit association between busyness and importance isn’t necessarily universal. While Americans see busyness as a status symbol, other cultures may instead see leisure time as a status symbol.”

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