The Problem of Busyness
The issue of busyness is a very important issue, but it often does not receive the attention it deserves. This issue seems to be a particularly late 20th and 21st century phenomenon. Certainly many people before us have experience frustrations with the amount of work that needs to be done, but it is clear that the advent of technology, rampant consumerism, and more has contributed greatly to this problem.
Surveys have even been done on the issue:
In data collected from over 20,000 Christians with ages ranging from 15 to 88 across 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that on average, more than 4 in 10 Christians around the world say they “often” or “always” rush from task to task. […] The busy life was found to be a distraction from God among Christians around the globe. […] About 6 in 10 Christians say that it’s “often” or “always” true that “the busyness of life gets in the way of developing my relationship with God.” (Source)