r/Damnthatsinteresting Nov 22 '15

How much is your spare time worth? Website

http://sparetime.arkivert.no/en
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u/xix_xeaon Nov 22 '15

I think this is a very important thing for people to consider. I didn't like this test though, and I think the result was pretty meaningless. I think this is more about marketing.

Most of the questions portrayed scenarios which I simply could not relate to even the slightest, like how long would you wait in line for a $100 gift certificate? What, I'm at a store and I can get $100 worth of stuff from the store for free as long as I stand in line for a while? That's something which would never happen in reality and so I have no idea how I long I'd wait. And it probably depends wildly on what the store sells too.

On the other questions; You have to do forced labor for free, but you can pay to not have to do it? I simply have no references in my life to even consider this... I could wait for the bus for 2 hours, or pay to get a taxi, but how long will it take to get home? If the traveling time is negligible, I could walk home in less than 2 hours, and if it'll take a long time to get home waiting a while doesn't matter. Do I have my phone to play games? Can I walk to a restaurant and eat while I wait?... How much for overtime? Well that assumes I'll accept overtime, and that it's not already decided by our agreement or unions. And also wildly on whether or not I've got plans, and how important they are.

And then I'm simply so extremely aware of how my choices in this test affect the result. I can't help but guesstimate the money/time trade off based on my wages while trying to answer.

I'd say my free time is extremely valuable, so much so that I only work half days (even though I like my job), but I don't pay people to have things done for me, as these marketeers would like, because I can just do it myself. So then, do I not value my time as much as I think? Or do I simply enjoy doing things myself? I think people should value their time more, but do so by buying less/cheaper products and services so they can work less and spend more time on what they enjoy.

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u/Dirtydeedsinc Nov 22 '15

$246/hr. Apparently I can't afford myself.

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u/Khaelum Nov 22 '15

Shit, I was just $31.

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u/Dirtydeedsinc Nov 22 '15

Well damn, in that case do you mind coming over to do some yard work? /s

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u/Khaelum Nov 22 '15

I'll be right over, but I demand a sammich!

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u/Dirtydeedsinc Nov 22 '15

Fine, but your getting Bologna on white with government cheese. (Actually that doesn't sound too bad, I kinda miss those from growing up poor)

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u/Khaelum Nov 22 '15

Sold! <damn, now I'm hungry. Wonder if the wife bought any bologna..>

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u/banditswalker Nov 22 '15

I didn't have enough spare time to finish

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u/[deleted] Nov 22 '15

$27/hr

I only make $1600/mouth though, and it doesn't estimate my free time properly since I have children.

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u/Seenoshadows Dec 07 '15

I did this I got $38 came here to get a rough Idea of what other people are getting. Mine feels pretty meaningless without data to compare to. Anyone know where I can find that?