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'Busy' as a status symbol

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Status symbols used to be the kind of car you drive, the clothes you wear, where you go on vacation. But now an even bigger status symbol is how busy and overwhelmed you are.

It seems everyone talks about how busy they are these days, that we can't seem to find time to just sit back and enjoy ourselves.

America's work culture is taking a toll on our leisure time. That's what author Brigid Schulte discovered in her research for her book called "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time."

Schulte interviewed, among others, psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists and company CEOs. She says the feeling of being super busy and overwhelmed is not just self-created. And it exists across the country.

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