Time Use Today and in Images of the Future

  • Mattias Höjer
  • Anders Gullberg
  • Ronny Pettersson


The changes in the actual time use by Swedes and some discernable tendencies in this change were discussed in Chap. 15. Though we have not attempted to refine today’s trends, these various perspectives on temporal welfare are also reflected in our images of the future in our two temporal structures, namely Fast and Slow. In the former we find greater elements of rational handling of time using technological and economic solutions. Slow, on the other hand, places greater emphasis on social solutions to time shortage. Here there is also a stronger general tendency towards a slowing down to a less intense time use in both work and free time. Time use in Slow is generally more meditative.


Free Time Economic Solution Work Pace Actual Purchase Total Household Consumption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mattias Höjer
    • 1
  • Anders Gullberg
    • 2
  • Ronny Pettersson
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable CommunicationsRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Committee for Stockholm ResearchStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Economic HistoryStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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