A new study shows that too much free time is associated with lower levels of wellbeing.
This suggests that leisure time and idle time are two very different things. People who had up to two hours of free time per day reported high levels of well-being. People with up to five hours of free time showed lower levels of well-being. The authors suggest that there is such thing as too much of a good thing and that people with too much free time lack purpose, which leads to lower levels of wellbeing.
Just as the saying goes, “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.”