Which Job Is Worse? Foxconn iPhone Factory Worker Or Human Urinal? [Infographic]

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Although Apple has been taking unprecedented measures in the industry to remedy the problem, the truth is that working on an assembly line mass-producing iPhones just sucks. But how bad a job is building iPhones in the grand scheme of things?

The Worst Jobs in the World Matrix, from Lapham’s Quarterly, tries to put the craptitude of working at Foxconn in a broader historical perspective. As you can see, slaving away in an electronics factory for 300 hours per month for $0.76 an hour is a difficult job, but it’s far less disgusting than being a Roman vomitorium attendant, less tedious than being a World of Warcraft gold farmer, less treacherous than being a Japanese subway pusher, and less fatal than being the court food taster for a 16th-century emperor. Perspective, people!

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  • bdkennedy

    Those workers aren’t being forced to work or live there. They choose to.

  • bdkennedy

    Those workers aren’t being forced to work or live there. They choose to.

  • Adrayven

    Those workers aren’t being forced to work or live there. They choose to.

    You mean Foxconn Employees? correct. They see it as an opportunity in most cases. The culture and social environment in China is VERY different there. They generally put family needs way over the individuals. They see suicide way differently as well. It’s more socially acceptable there than in the USA or other parts of the world from what I understand.

    It’s just that most are not prepared for the isolation. Many go from a large family in a farming community to cramped living areas in a facility w/o family to fall back on; thats a big change.

  • wesleyvercammen

    Everytime Belgium/Flanders gets some attention :-) …

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