Burn Me Down | Why $75,000 Isn’t Middle Class Anymore

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Burn Me Down | How $75,000 Isn’t Middle Class

Only 14% of Americans take two weeks or more at a time for vacation. The average American therefore spends more time in the bathroom than on vacation.The Families and Work Institute via Tim Ferris

It’s part of the popular lexicon. “$65,000 is the ‘sweet spot’ of American life. Any more and the money isn’t worth the stress. Any less and money is the stress.”

Time for an update.

The Washington Post recently chronicled the average needs for bills and necessities in several cities. Turns out, a family of four can make $64,000/year and pay for all their needs—before savings. Texans may be better off, Austinites less so.

That’s just the primer, here’s the kicker from Tim Ferriss’s Blog, The Four Hour Work Week. Americans work more now than they did in 1979. All the technology, all the “progress”, hasn’t yielded a life of free time and leisure—where technology works for us.

Technology uses us.

A few of my favorite stats from Tim Ferris’s blog:

  • 26% of adult Americans report being on the verge of a serious nervous breakdown
  • Only 14% of Americans take two weeks or more at a time for vacation. The average American therefore spends more time in the bathroom than on vacation.
  • 53% of employees would opt for a personal assistant rather than personal trainer
  • Compared to 1970, American managers are working an additional month per year
  • In total hours, the average middle-income family works four months more than in 1979

Tired? Burned out?

Burn Me Down

There’s a reason I sign off with “Take It Easy,” and yes, I like the Eagles, dude.

Take It Easy,

LJ

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