The Threat That Technology Poses To Men in the Job Market

The Threat That Technology Poses To Men in the Job Market

By: Daniel Steingold | September 04, 2016

A recent article in Quartz highlights the threat that technology poses to men in the workforce.

Here are some of the key points in the article:

  • Technology can be seen as the cause to much of the world’s rising populism and discontent.
  • Masculinity is often tied to one’s work, and many jobs that were traditionally done by men are now being automated.
  • The labor force participation rate for men aged 25 to 55 fell by 3.5 percentage points from 1994 to 2014. It is expected to further fall over the next decade.
  • For many households, just having a male breadwinner is no longer sufficient.
  • Median wages for males haven’t increased since the 1970s, and are in fact falling in many industries, such as construction, transportation, and manufacturing.
  • It is very well possible that work may return to its more traditional form where people worked at home and set their own hours. Think of farmers, for example.
  • Interestingly enough, when factory work came around, men initially thought it to be demeaning. They had to show up at a specific time, stay the entire day, and take orders from another man.
  • This phenomenon led more women and children to work in factories initially. By the 20th century, however, men working a conventional job became the standard.
  • Due to uncertainty about the future job market, many parents see their kids’ prospects as being bleak.
  • Experts believe that future jobs will be very specialized and have a more entrepreneurial outlook. Many people may have multiple jobs, and have the flexibility of working from home.

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