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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Mar 25, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Oh you're busy? No, you're a liar

I'm sorry, you're calling to cancel at the last second because you're simply "too busy" to make lunch because your boss decided to assign you a huge project at 11:30 a.m. on a Saturday?

No you're not. You're lying.

According to a blog posted on Slate, a majority of Americans are not as busy at they say they are. In fact, may have plenty of free time every week.

"It's very popular, the feeling that there are too many things going on, that people can't get in control of their lives and the like," (sociologist John) Robinson says. "But when we look at peoples' diaries there just doesn't seem to be the evidence to back it up It's a paradox.

So why do Americans always say they are busy? Why do they lie? Because being busy is regarded as a good thing and no one wants to admit that sometimes they binge-watch Netflix instead of working on that novel.

"My God, people are competing about being busy," (author Anne) Burnett realized. "It's about showing status. That if you're busy, you're important. You're leading a full and worthy life. As if you don't get to choose, busyness is just there. I call it the nonchoice choice. Because people really do have a choice."

So the next time someone asks how your day was, don't just go with "crazy." Think about it. Take a step back. Was it really "crazy" or are you just trying to make it seem as if you are super busy?

Plus, the Cheetos dust on your remote control is a dead giveaway.

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Open and honest on the air, Bruce is deeply passionate about local and national issues affecting our community. Pamela brings a heavy news perspective while discussing the days most important topics.

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