It's no secret that America is a pretty workaholic society, and a lot of us are taught "oh well, this is just how things are" usually accompanied with a shrug.
I recently began working retail full-time, and before that I was a freelance writer. The majority of my time and effort has been spent making ends meet, but it wasn't until I started retail that I understood the implications and how it was that people could wind up so apathetic and well, somewhat zombified, for lack of a better term.
People who work these low-paying jobs have to devote the vast majority of our days to a job that requires constant emotional and mental exertion (believe me, you get the pleasure of dealing with complete asshats some days, and you pretty much have to wear a shit-eating grin and go 'Have a good day, sir/ma'am' no matter what abuse might get thrown your way.)
After work, it's easy to be too mentally and physically exhausted to give a damn about anything other than a quick microwave meal or go out to eat then come home, curl up in bed with the TV on, only to get up next day and do it again. You usually don't have time or energy to pursue your interests or really do anything but get ready for work the next day.
Don't get me wrong, it's great to have a job and have money, but how do you fellow working tropers go about achieving a successful work-life balance? You're supposed to work to live, not live to work.