As a friend of mine said once, “if we’re all so busy we can’t see one another, then who, exactly, are we all busy WITH?” But yes, I think busy has become a sign of virtue, which may, in turn, be why teachers & academics are regarded with such suspicion (at least, humanities faculty – science faculty have all those impressive labs where things bubble & whir). There are long weeks at a time where we don’t have to go into an office, and, you know, sometimes we don’t teach until late in the afternoon. So to the outward eye of office-going folk, we don’t LOOK busy and if we aren’t busy to the naked eye, then we’re not really working, not really worth our paychecks.