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Why time poverty matters for individuals, organisations and nations

Giurge, Laura M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7974-391X, Whillans, Ashley V. and West, Colin (2020) Why time poverty matters for individuals, organisations and nations. Nature Human Behaviour, 4 (10). 993 - 1003. ISSN 2397-3374

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Identification Number: 10.1038/s41562-020-0920-z


Over the last two decades, global wealth has risen. Yet material affluence has not translated into time affluence. Most people report feeling persistently ‘time poor’—like they have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. Time poverty is linked to lower well-being, physical health and productivity. Individuals, organisations and policymakers often overlook the pernicious effects of time poverty. Billions of dollars are spent each year to alleviate material poverty, while time poverty is often ignored or exacerbated. In this Perspective, we discuss the societal, organisational, institutional and psychological factors that explain why time poverty is often under appreciated. We argue that scientists, policymakers and organisational leaders should devote more attention and resources toward understanding and reducing time poverty to promote psychological and economic well-being.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 08:00
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 01:48

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