How technology is connecting us to a network of human helpers operating in the background for life’s little details

For every timesaving device humans have invented, we have found new ways to fill that time with more work—much of which is unpaid. A recent survey by Pew found that men and women spend 11.8 and 21.3 hours per week respectively on non-paid work such as childcare and housework. For every minute we’ve saved through dishwashers and microwaves, we’ve found new ways to use them doing something else.

Instead of helping people find more leisure time, our days are just as charged as they have ever been and time remains a precious resource for people to acquire, trade, and conserve.

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