How Do You Spend Your Time?

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The average American spends 2.54 hours watching television every day.  We spend 8.38 hours sleeping, 0.7 hours grooming, and 0.31 hours (that’s less than 20 minutes) participating in sports or exercising.  The average American also spends 4.5 hours working.  So now you’re scratching your head… “But I spend 8-9 hours a day at work?!?”  True indeed. This, however, is an average of all Americans: college students, retirees, unemployed, and employed.  Are you working weekends?  …Suddenly the number dwindles to an average of 4.5 hours per day.  So how are you (on average) spending your time on a typical weekday:

  •  Socializing, relaxing, and leisure (4.19 hours… 2.52 hours of this is spent watching TV)
  • Educational Activities (.60 hours)
  • Caring for and helping household members (.54 hours)
  • Eating and drinking (1.2 hours)
  • Household activities (1.68 hours)
  • Purchasing goods and services (.71 hours)
  • Organizational, civic, and religious activities (.26 hours)
  • Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail (.18 hours)

You can find all of the fun details of the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (you know you want to!)