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[Excerpt] In this chapter, we draw from both popular media and research support, along with anecdotal examples drawn from conversations accumulated as part of our own prior studies. Our goal is to present reminders that working hours are a personal life choice, even with external demands, but a choice that is influenced by elements of the individual’s working situation. The implications of a choice for long working hours are shown through use of two past “hard working” icons from popular media, one from the 1940s and one from the 1980s. Discussion continues into current time with an overview highlighting advances in technology that provide expanded work opportunities but, also, exacerbate tendencies toward work addiction.


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© Emerald. Final version published as: Porter, G., & Perry, J. L. (2008). Animal Farm, Baby Boom and crackberry addicts. In R. J. Burke and C. L. Cooper (Eds.), The long work hours culture, causes, consequences and choices (pp. 255-274). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.