Many people seem to lead very busy lives, and have much less free time than they would like.
What do you think are the causes of this situation? What measures could be taken to improve it?
It is true that in our fast-paced competitive lives people have very little free time to relax, spend time with their loved ones and enjoy their hobbies.
The world has become highly competitive and in an attempt to keep up, people are working harder than ever before. It is no longer enough to merely have a nine-to-five job. Many often have two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Families need to cover greater expenses such as bills, taxes and rising school fees. Parents, especially those who come from a poor background, dream of a better future for their children. As a result, in an attempt to improve their standard of living, people’s free time is limited.
It is important for everyone to have free time in order to rest and spend time doing what they like, otherwise this could lead to illness or burn out. It would be a good idea if workers kept to the working hours provided in the law and if the minimum salary paid to workers was increased. This would ensure that staff does not work overtime as well as get a high enough salary. In addition, managers could be taught that giving their workers time off work will actually increase productivity. Workers will have more energy to work if they rest well. Secondly, people’s attitudes need to change. Too much emphasis is placed on material wealth and getting ahead and not enough on spiritual development and rest.
Having plenty of quality leisure time is a must for everyone. The government could contribute to this by ensuring that laws on working hours are followed and higher salaries are paid.
Question taken from Richmond Practice Tests for IELTS p. 20