Burying the lead

October 14th, 2007

The first sentence in this story points out that people who actually have to work hard for a living are more depressed than…oh, discount viagra case I don’t know…let’s say journalists (or bloggers, cialis sale for that matter):

People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers.

Sort of makes you think that hard work is bad, doesn’t it?

But the writer could have just as easily made the second-to-last sentence in the piece his lead:

Just working full-time would appear to be beneficial in preventing depression. The overall rate of depression for full-time workers, 7 percent, compares with the 12.7 percent rate registered by those who are unemployed.

Of course, that would fly in the face of conventional wisdom that it’s better to be on welfare than working a job that’s “beneath you.”

(My understanding is that’s what we have illegal immigrants for, anyway.)

Sigh.

Entry Filed under: Media,Observations

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. capper  |  October 14th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    I’d post a comment, but, since I’m a social worker, I’m just too depressed.

  • 2. Elliot  |  October 14th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    A social worker? Do we still have those? ;)

  • 3. capper  |  October 14th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I’m very social, and friendly too,especially after a few beers. You buying? ;P (Just don’t follow me to the bathroom, please, I’m not that social.

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