Not as much looking for opinions as much as I am presenting a springboard concept for story ideas. Do we have a category for that?
In a post-scarcity economy, a great deal of learned social behaviors would need to go away. Food and services are readily available, so there's no need to work to survive, especially not the minimum-wage kind of stuff that causes the most stress.
People would need to get over the idea that they NEED to work for a living, and that just accepting a check (metaphorically speaking) is somehow shameful. That drive to "provide" will slowly be replaced by a drive to better oneself, or perhaps for many people, just finding ways to fill all this new leisure time.
Of all the social constructs that center around work and supporting a family, what habits do you think would be the hardest to get over, and perhaps more importantly, which ones could make for the most interesting story?
For example, hoarding. I've heard of endless stories about refugee children being adopted and still taking extra food from the dinner table and hiding it for later. Taken to the social extreme, I expect there'd be a fair number of people who have lived through too many rainy days to really believe things will never go south. So they begin taking as much food, materials, etc as they can, and squirreling it away. Children finding the hoards would be stuck with the question of what to do with it, but perhaps wondering (having been raised by these people) if perhaps Dad might have been on to something.
Trying to hold onto the "work is good" idea, we might see a rise in "Do it yourself" projects on a grand scale. Even though housing is readily available, there will be people who will see virtue in building a house from scratch. Some will buy kits for the manufacture, and some will attempt to make as much of the materials and tools themselves. The fact that this can be done because of a system that allows them the time to do it as a luxury, and not a necessity, is an irony most choose to ignore.
Any other ideas?