How we gained 44 hours a week
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.