Money-rich, time-poor

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Money-rich, time-poor is an expression which arose in Britain at the end of the 20th century to describe groups of people who, whilst having a high disposable income through well-paid employment, have relatively little leisure time as a result.

The phrase is still in use. Time poverty has also been coined as a noun for the phenomenon.

Many people accept time poverty as a necessary condition of employment; others have sought to solve the problem through downshifting or through adoption of flexible working arrangements.[citation needed]

Increasingly, overworked people turn to the internet as a tool to maximize the recreational utility they can get out of scarce leisure time.

"Time poverty" is not restricted to the wealthy, but can occur at all levels of society.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The fantasy novel Momo by German author Michael Ende dealt with this issue, in regards of time and its use in the modern society.

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