“Alexa, mow the lawn”: How the Evolution of Smart Home Tech has Changed how Americans Spend Their Time
In a Public service announcement from the 1950s, a father challenged his son, “kids these days have so many more leisure hours than our generation ever had. What are you going to do with all that time, Wally?”
If only our granddads from the 1950’s could see us now: with our mini computers we carry around in our pockets, with our robot vacuums and robot lawnmowers.
And when we have all these magic tools, why not use them?
If technology, at our best, makes our lives easier and gives us more freedom, why the heck shouldn’t we leverage it to our advantage?
Especially on those sunny saturdays when we have other things to do than lawn maintenance...
Putting It In Perspective: How technology has changed life for homeowners in the last century
What Created the First Push in Household Technologies?
The Joys of Watching Your Teenager Mow the Lawn
Automatic Home Appliances (and robots): Creating Time for What Matters Most
Talk as much smack as you’d like about technology, but the fact of the matter is, our technological advances in the last century have changed the American family forever. And now it's here to perfect the contour of your lawn.
In fact, according to The Economist, today’s parents spent twice as much time with their children as they did 50 years ago. And we’re also spending far less time on household activities.
So the next time you throw the laundry in the dryer or start the dishwasher, think about all the time you’re saving by utilizing that appliance.
Instead of scrubbing, you can join the pool party with your kids.
Which is another major reason why more and more families are investing in things like robotic mowing. When you spend 40 hours a week at a paid job, you want to free up as much time as possible to hit the golf course or go hiking with your spouse.
The grass will always grow, but you can never get the time back from all those hours of pushing a lawn mower.
The Kicker: Working Americans Are Still Working More And Enjoying Less Leisure Time
All the more reason for Americans to put down that push mower: we’re still working more than ever and enjoying less leisure time.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “On weekdays, Americans with full-time jobs spent 8 hours and 8 minutes a day working or traveling to work, five minutes more than a decade earlier.”
We end up with about 45 minutes of leisure time each day -- after you figure in the commute, the dishes, the laundry, the dusting, the childcare, and yes… mowing the darn lawn.
Saving Time At Home With A Robot Mower