I've researched, and some americans work about 36 hours a week, but people who work full time have reported working 47 hours. Which is 6 days out of the week to work, and possibly a week. And America is a extremely hard working country, although it might not always seem that way.
In the US, we work more hours per week than other industrialized countries, and have fewer vacation days as well. So much of our lives are taken up by our jobs that we are always stressed out. In other countries, people support their lives through their jobs, but in the US, your life is your job. Working less hard would improve the quality of our lives a great deal.
I don't believe Americans ever worked as hard as they do now. Everything has changed since this "depression" came along. Companies have found out they can lay off half their work force by making one person do the work of two. These workers are then afraid of losing their jobs, and they end up working through their lunch hours to keep up. We also have the people who lost good jobs and are now working two or three part time jobs at minimum wage to make ends meet. It's all about work now.
America is a rich country. There are jobs that you don't even have to work for to get money. The jobs are easy compared to china, japan and korea. We work hard, but America needs hard workers. We do not work to hard. Some doctors and nurses are needed full time, but that's because they help the wounded and injured. They are workers, and we need hard workers
I do not believe Americans work too hard and if they do it is probably in pursuit of material things they have yet to realize they don't actually need. I believe Americans are hard workers and they do a lot of work, but the main problem in America is the lack of pay employees receive and a lack of benefits. These things are major and should be afforded to many more than they are.
No, in general Americans don't work too hard. More specifically, they often only work as hard as they have to. A common practice to see in use is Americans spending hours, days or weeks, trying to find a way to accomplish something in a shorter period of time. They will often put of the effort just to find a faster way of doing something.
We like to think we work really hard. But really, we don't. How many American students worked really hard in school? Japan is number 3 in the world for scientific study's in school, while America is number 11. This is a country that has an entrance exam to get into high school!