Why people love to read about work
Last month I read Stephen King's On Writing. In the book he says, "People love to read [stories] about work. God knows why, but they do." I don't know why either, but here are some of my theories:
- Almost everyone works and/or has worked, so it's a story people can identify with.
- People define themselves through their work, so it carries more emotional weight than other topics might.
- People are bored/unfulfilled at work, and a story about work helps them imagine themselves having a more interesting work life.
- Work is how people make money, gain power, and build status — all things related to ego — and people are interested in stories that play into ego.
- Workplace politics, workplace gossip, and workplace scandals — these things capture and keep our attention because, being the highly social species we are, our brains are wired to constantly keep track of our community and our place in it.