How we gained 44 hours a week

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - — Ana Swan­son

When peo­ple talk about “dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies,” they’re usu­ally think­ing of the lat­est thing out of Sil­i­con Val­ley. The smart­phone,

the com­puter and the In­ter­net have, of course, dra­mat­i­cally changed the ways we live and work. But Max Roser, the re­searcher who runs the site Our World in Data, of­fers a great re­minder that some of the most his­tor­i­cally dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies aren’t what you would ex­pect. Th­ese fas­ci­nat­ing charts show the dra­matic rise in own­er­ship of ba­sic home ap­pli­ances through the 20th cen­tury, as the ar­rival of elec­tric­ity in the home gave rise to a rev­o­lu­tion in con­sumer goods.

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