Why Did Everyone Stop Taking Real Lunch Breaks?
While eating lunch is still a natural part of the American workday, it’s now fairly uncommon for white collar workers to go on a lunch break. Like after-hours email, this critical lack of escape is slowly chipping away at our psyches. “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking,” UC-Davis Professor Kimberly Elsbach recently told NPR’s Here & Now. “It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”