The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? - The New York Times

Perhaps we’ve all gotten a little hungry for meaning. Participation in organized religion is falling, especially among American millennials. In San Francisco, where I live, I’ve noticed that the concept of productivity has taken on an almost spiritual dimension. Techies here have internalized the idea — rooted in the Protestant work ethic — that work is not something you do to get what you want; the work itself is all. Therefore any life hack or company perk that optimizes their day, allowing them to fit in even more work, is not just desirable but inherently good.


No wonder I feel so alienated from youth.

| Permalink