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What Would You Do With Six Extra Weeks of Vacation?

That's how much Americans' leisure time has increased since 1965, according to research I discuss in my latest NYT column. No matter how you measure it, we have way more leisure today than 40 years ago. We also have more ways to use it. If you haven't noticed the improvement, you probably weren't a working woman in 1965. Or you're just like most people and spend most of the extra time--about five of six additional hours a week--watching TV.

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