Of course there are many, many jobs that still have a 9 to 5 culture. That culture suits some people and not everyone, at least in the short term, has the luxury of choosing their hours.
However, there is a rising number of people who want to do things differently. Some people want flexible working. Others want to work from home for part of the week. Some people want several different jobs at once, or a side business alongside their main job. More and more people are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs and setting out on their own.
Now, more than ever before, it feels like people are determined to find meaning in their working lives. People want a good wage, but they also want to be able to make a difference and to be involved with things that are bigger than themselves.
I wonder if in one hundred years time people will look back and find it crazy that the majority of people got up at roughly of the same time, put on similar work clothes, crammed themselves into similar trains, only had time for a quick coffee for breakfast, worked in a box-like room and then at the end of their working day had the (dis)pleasure of doing it all again in reverse? Where people commuted hours to sit at a desk in front of a computer exactly the same as the one back home that they could have been working on? Where people were seen as virtuous if they worked hours that meant that they went to work in the dark of the morning, ate lunch at their desk without a moment’s fresh air and came home again in the dark of the evening?
I would wager that Digital Nomads are some of the hardest working people there are. They don’t work hard, however at being the last one in the office. They work hard at creating the sort of life that they can be happy in- one of sacrifice and sweat, sure, but also of choice, of adventure and of freedom.