If fun counts, 'living standards' are actually pretty high

  • Article by: Virginia Postrel , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 2:09 PM

The way we measure ‘living standards’ misses much modern life has to offer.

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lee4713Dec. 4, 13 7:54 PM

Fun? Seriously? Frying your brain watching TV anytime you want? That assumes you have the $$ (and the time, if you're not working 2-3 jobs) to buy the equipment and the access. And "increased access to foreign goods"? You mean all of the stuff made in China which low-wage workers can't afford and which is a result of the offshoring of the country's manufacturing infrastructure? Someone is really reaching here.

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georgepaulDec. 4, 1310:17 PM

This is the stupidest, most inane article I've read in a long time.

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boboboboDec. 4, 1310:46 PM

Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. Sorry.

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comment229Dec. 5, 13 5:02 AM

Yes, I kept my living standard "high" only because I chose to work two jobs for most of my life. I have no retired from one of them... but cannot afford to retire from the second one... apparently, my fun is still continuing.... I bet a lot of people read this article and thinking about the sarcastic kid's phrase, "Are we having fun yet?" Face it, we live in two Americas now and the phrase "the rich are getting richer" has never ever been more true than it is today.... Do I have a problem with that? Sure do... it's time people paid SS in on all their income, like I do, and pay taxes on ALL income, like I do..... problem solved.

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falngfrmgracDec. 5, 13 5:36 AM

Just because there is new technology doesn't mean life is better for quite a few people. I no longer have TV(cable or dish) Can't afford them. I drive an old car that was given to me. if it breaks down I can't afford to fix it. Food prices on the rise, utilities on the rise, insurances on the rise. What is affordable housing anyway? I pay 50% of my income in housing! Recession may have end for the upper crust but I am truely worse off now then 10 years ago!

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circleoflifeDec. 5, 13 7:25 AM

All this article does is bring out the envy crowd. I'll never get that 10 minutes of my life back.

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luzhishenDec. 5, 13 8:15 AM

Funemployed? No, think of it as a Staycation!

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FrankLDec. 5, 1311:10 AM

So the campaign slogan "2 chickens in every pot" has been replaced with "Are we having fun yet?".

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bcoldwellDec. 5, 1312:44 PM

As Einstein is reported to have once said: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." Now we can add to this: "Some things that can't be counted don't count anyway."

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gandalf48Dec. 5, 13 2:21 PM

Greatest line in the story..."Just over half the population works on a given day. About 80 percent watches TV." Yet everyone can afford cable and high speed internet...welcome to America in 2013.

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