affluence and leisure

Greg Mankiw quotes:

People who make less than $20,000 a year, for instance, spent more than a third of their time in passive leisure, like kicking back and watching TV. By contrast, those making more than $100,000 a year (I would call them affluent, not wealthy), spent less than a fifth of their time in passive leisure.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t find “passive leisure” to be very much fun. Active leisure for me – playing interactive computer games, exercising, developing software, writing, reading blogs – those are my leisurely pursuits.

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