Your loudest, busiest co-worker is NOT the most talented or productive

While chatting with several friends recently about a new TV show, I enthusiastically suggested another friend who hadn’t seen the series watch it too. “I wish I had time to watch TV,” she said. “I’m just so busy.” Like, ouch.

These kinds of conversations have become commonplace in cities across the U.S., where addiction to work has become a new kind of humblebrag — a self-deprecating boast meant primarily to impress. From the gig economy running uninsured employees ragged to corporate careers burning employees out, the top status symbol for Americans is no longer jewelry, lavish vacations or extravagant homes: it is whining about having no time.

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