Thursday, June 23, 2011

An Average Day

According to a study reported in The Wall Street Journal this morning, the average American's 24-hour day breaks down like this:

Sleep - 8 hours, 23 minutes (up 5 minutes since 2007)
Work - 4 hours, 24 minutes (down 25 minutes)
TV - 2 hours, 31 minutes (up 5 minutes)
Leisure & sports (includes computer time) - 2 hours, 9 minutes (up 1 minute)
Eating/drinking - 1 hour, 12 minutes (up 1 minute)
Household chores - 1 hour, 41 minutes (down 1 minute)
Personal care - 49 minutes (up 3 minutes)
Shopping - 43 minutes (down 2 minutes)
Education - 36 minutes (up 4 minutes)
Caring for household members - 32 minutes (down 2 minutes)
Other activities - 21 minutes (up 10 minutes)
Civic & religious activities - 16 minutes (same)
Caring for non-household members - 12 minutes (up 1 minute)
Phone/mail/email - 11 minutes (down 1 minute)

The study including folks 15 and older, including retirees, so obviously this is a very varied group.  And it appears that all the respondents have lots of sleeping and tv watching in common!  I was amazed that in this day of the internet, the TV category so strongly led all other leisure choices (it certainly doesn't in my house!).  I was also surprised that the "caring for non-household members" is so high - I've got to believe this is completely reflective of children taking care of their parents, which tells me that for the people who are doing it, it is amazingly time-consuming.

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