Beneath this work obsession is a deep moral sense that laziness is an evil to be fought – all to maximise your productivity and maximise your optimisation – or optimise your maximisation – or something. The common question in San Francisco is “What are you optimising for?” You MUST be optimising something – lest you wind up shooting heroin in the subway station. This moral denigration of idleness is of course nothing new; however, the tech industry and the gig economy are taking work addiction to extremes.

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