A few months ago I wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about workaholism in Silicon Valley. It’s true that workaholism isn’t new. What is new is the way it is celebrated as an appealing lifestyle. You can read the article here. And here’s a money quote:
A century ago, factory workers were forming unions and going on strike to demand better conditions and a limit on hours. Today, Silicon Valley employees celebrate their own exploitation. “9 to 5 is for the weak” says a popular T-shirt. A venture capitalist named Keith Rabois recently boasted on Twitter that he worked for 18 years while taking less than one week of vacation. Wannabe Zuckerbergs are told that starting a company is like joining the Navy SEALs. For a certain type of person — usually young and male — the hardship is part of the allure.