Oliver Burkeman – Addicted to Busy

There’s a ritual of the modern workplace – one you’ve heard and most likely indulged in yourself. It’s the call and response we go through when you ask a workmate how they’re doing: ‘Busy!’ ‘So busy.’ It is pretty obviously a boast disguised as a complaint. And our simultaneously grim and half chuckled reply comes as a kind of congratulation: ‘Ha, better than the opposite.’ When did we start doing that?
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