Trending: How We Spend Our Time
How did you spend your day today? If you slept for eight hours and 27 minutes, worked for seven hours and 42 minutes and spent about 49 minutes and 48 seconds at the grocery store, consider your day par for the course.
According to the 2012 American Time Use Survey, which was released a couple weeks ago, employed Americans spent an average of 7.7 hours working on the days they worked, totaling up to that seven hours and 42 minute figure. Men, on average, worked 55 minutes longer than women, and women distributed that extra time doing a variety of things. For example, on the days they did housework, women spent an average of two hours and 36 minutes on those activities, while men spent a flat two hours. And more women are still doing the work in the domestic sphere, according to the data, which is put together by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; 20 percent of men did housework on an average dat, compared to 48 percent of women.
And that’s not the only gender difference we found. Check out how American men and women spend their time.
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Caring for and helping household children
24.8 percent of women and 15.6 percent of men participated in this activity, for a total of two hours and eight minutes for women and one hour and 43 minutes for men.
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Purchasing Consumer Goods
40.8 percent of women and 34 percent of men participated in this activity, for a total of one hour and three minutes for women and 48 minutes for men.
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Eating and Drinking
Not surprisingly, just about every one responded that they ate or drank on a typical day. But people tend to take their time a little bit more on the weekends, according to the survey. On weekdays, Americans spent an hour and 14 minutes eating; on weekends and holidays, it went up to an hour and 27 minutes.
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Religious and spiritual activities
In total, only 9 percent of the population participated in religious activities on a given day, though women were more likely than men to do so at 11.1 percent, compared to men's 6.7 percent.
Interestingly though, men who did participate in this activity spent more time engaged in the task. Men who participated in religious or spiritual activities spent an average of an hour and 43 minutes doing so, while women spent an average of an hour and 38 minutes.
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Homework and research
Only 6.2 percent of Americans spent part of their day doing homework, which isn't terribly surprising considering the fact that many adults are no longer in school. But for those who are enrolled in education programs, homework definitely chews up a significant amount of time: two hours and 45 minutes a day. Men spend a bit more time than women on these tasks at two hours and 53 minutes compared to two hours and 38 minutes.
48.4 percent of women perform at least some housework on a typical day, compared with 19.8 percent of men, according to the survey. And women do more of it -- 28 minutes more on average than me.
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Lawn and garden care
11.7 percent of men and 8 percent of women engage in this task on a typical day. And when men take on the task, they spend more time doing it: two hours and seven minutes, compared to an hour and 32 minutes for women.
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Food preparation and cleanup
On average, Americans spend more time preparing for and cleaning up after meals than they do sending emails and talking on the phone. In total, the average American spends an hour prepping and cleaning for meals,and it's still largely the women doing the work: Women spend an 64.9 percent of women and 39.2 percent of men engage in the activity on a typical day.
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Did you know the average American man gets a few minutes less sleep than the average American woman? You do now. According to the survey, men sleep for eight hours and 36 minutes on a typical night, while women snooze for eight hours and 52 minutes.
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Socializing and communicating
For the 37.2 percent of Americans who socialize and communicate on a given day, it's a two-hour task. But while the percentage of men who engage in hanging out is slightly lower than women (35.4 percent compared to 38.9 percent), guys do it for a little bit longer - two hours and two minutes, compared to one hour and 57 minutes.
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Participating in sports, exercise and recreation
Men are a little more likely than women to be physically active during their day, with 21.7 percent of guys doing so, compared with 17 percent of ladies. On average, Americans who are exercising do so for about an hour and 40 minutes a day.
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Telephone calls, mail and e-mail
On average, Americans spend about 10 minutes a day engaging in this activity - but that's when you average out the abstainers and the super-engaged all together. If you just look at people who do at least one of these activities, you'll find about 20 percent spend some time communicating through these methods for a total of 47 minutes a day.
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You'll find slightly more people volunteering on weekends and holidays than during the week. And you'll see them spending more time: The 6.1 percent of the American population who volunteers on the weekends spends two-and-a-half hours doing so while the 6 percent who volunteer on weekdays spend an hour and 58 minutes.
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On average, American men spend three hours and four minutes watching TV, while women spend two hours and 36 minutes with their eyes glued to the tube. And across genders, the time increases on the weekends, up to four hours and 11 minutes.
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Men spend an average of eight hours and three minutes working on a typical day, while women spend seven hours and eight minutes.
Of course, the survey does more than track what kind of work Americans are engaging in. It also examines how we unwind. According to the data, 96 percent of Americans dedicate at least some of their time to leisure and sports on weekdays, and 96.9 percent do so on the weekends. But it’s not all backyard baseball and barbecues. Americans are about four times more likely to watch TV on a weekday than they are to participate in sports or exercise, and the same goes for the weekend. Monday to Friday, 79.3 percent of Americans watch at least some TV while 20 percent participate in sports or exercise; on the weekends, it’s 81.8 percent and 17.7 percent, respectively.
And those who are kicking a ball around or slamming some weights are doing so for a much shorter stretch than those lounging in front of the television set. Television watchers spend an average of three hours and 15 minutes in front of the tube during the week and four hours and 11 minutes on the weekdays. The fitness-focused spend ann average of an hour and a half exercising on weekdays and two hours and seven minutes on weekends.
How do you think Americans typical days compares to what life is like here in Southwestern Connecticut?