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The Mental Health Consequences Of Unemployment

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For many years, employers, sociologists, economists, and other various professions have argued the effects of technological advances replacing current employment in the workforce. If the unemployment rate were to decrease, it would bring upon a mass of societal complications including sociological issues, a gap between societal classes, and inferior choices that come with excess leisure time. A loss of work due to technological advances create a mass of sociological issues to society. In “The Mental Health Consequences of Unemployment” Rebbeca Rosen, senior editor of the Atlantic, reports that citizens who have been unemployed for six months or longer “...are more than three times as likely to be suffering from depression as those with…show more content…
The effect was so severe that a term was coined to describe the fallout: regional depression.” In comparison to the women being kicked out of their new roles, they were also forced into a “regional depression.” As a result, they began protesting their rights. Unavoidably, the increase of unemployment would create an overall psychological crisis. If all people, both women, and men were forced to unemployment, there would be an outbreak of chaos that could lead to yet another revolution. People are happier when they feel they hold a significant purpose in society. Without that purpose, what are humans here for? Furthermore, a depletion of jobs would create a significant gap in societal “classes”. Stephen Hawking, a famous physicist, and author suggests “Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution,”. Queen Elizabeth I also protests new “inventions” replacing human work by admitting “It would assuredly bring to them ruin by depriving them of employment, thus making them beggars.” A significant aspect of robots replacing humans is extreme inequality. Those who are replaced, such as cashiers, accountants, travel agents, and various types of operators, are now shoved down to the lowest class in society. The
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