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DOUBLE TIME

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American Demographics looks at some of the highlights of the inaugural Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey. Participants were asked to record their activities in a diary for a 24-hour period, resulting in an accurate measurement of what Americans are doing with their time.

Items in red indicate the most time spent of each category.

PERSONAL CARE ACTIVITIES (SLEEPING, BATHING, DRESSING, ETC.)

U.S. AVERAGE 9 hrs 20 mins
MEN 9 hrs 08 mins
WOMEN 9 hrs 32 mins
WHITE, Over 15 9 hrs 16 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 9 hrs 50 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 9 hrs 42 mins
AGE 15-24 9 hrs 57 mins
AGE 25-34 9 hrs 15 mins
AGE 35-44 9 hrs 04 mins
AGE 45-54 9 hrs 00 mins
AGE 55-64 9 hrs 08 mins
AGE 65 + 9 hrs 39 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 9 hrs 22 mins
without children 9 hrs 10 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 8 hrs 54 mins
nongraduate 9 hrs 25 mins

WORKING & WORK RELATED ACTIVITIES

U.S. AVERAGE 3 hrs 41 mins
MEN 4 hrs 34 mins
WOMEN 2 hrs 52 mins
WHITE, Over 15 3 hrs 43 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 3 hrs 19 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 3 hrs 40 mins
AGE 15-24 2 hrs 39 mins
AGE 25-34 4 hrs 47 mins
AGE 35-44 4 hrs 49 mins
AGE 45-54 4 hrs 55 mins
AGE 55-64 3 hrs 42 mins
AGE 65 + 0 hrs 46 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 4 hrs 16 mins
without children 3 hrs 36 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 4 hrs 43 mins
nongraduate 3 hrs 24 mins

HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES (COOKING, CLEANING, ETC.)

U.S. AVERAGE 1 hr 50 mins
MEN 1 hr 20 mins
WOMEN 2 hrs 18 mins
WHITE, Over 15 1 hr 56 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 1 hr 18 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 1 hr 49 mins
AGE 15-24 0 hrs 49 mins
AGE 25-34 1 hr 35 mins
AGE 35-44 1 hr 59 mins
AGE 45-54 1 hr 58 mins
AGE 55-64 2 hrs 17 mins
AGE 65 + 2 hrs 33 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 3 hrs 00 min
without children 2 hrs 34 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 1 hr 47 mins
nongraduate 2 hr 10 mins

EATING & DRINKING

U.S. AVERAGE 1 hr 13 mins
MEN 1 hr 14 mins
WOMEN 1 hr 11 mins
WHITE, Over 15 1 hr 16 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 0 hr 49 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 1 hr 7 mins
AGE 15-24 0 hrs 58 mins
AGE 25-34 1 hr 10 mins
AGE 35-44 1 hr 10 mins
AGE 45-54 1 hr 11 mins
AGE 55-64 1 hr 21 mins
AGE 65 + 1 hr 31 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 1 hr 23 mins
without children 1 hr 02 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 1 hr 25 mins
nongraduate 1 hr 11 mins

LEISURE & SPORTS

U.S. AVERAGE 5 hrs 07 mins
MEN 5 hrs 25 mins
WOMEN 4 hrs 50 mins
WHITE, Over 15 5 hrs 04 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 5 hrs 33 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 4 hrs 51 mins
AGE 15-24 5 hrs 28 mins
AGE 25-34 4 hrs 18 mins
AGE 35-44 4 hrs 12 mins
AGE 45-54 4 hrs 40 mins
AGE 55-64 5 hrs 16 mins
AGE 65 + 7 hrs 10 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 3 hrs 00 min
without children 2 hrs 34 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 5 hrs 36 mins
nongraduate 4 hrs 11 mins

PERSONAL TELEPHONE CALLS, MAIL & E-MAIL

U.S. AVERAGE 11 mins
MEN 08 mins
WOMEN 14 mins
WHITE, Over 15 10 mins
BLACK, OVER 15 13 mins
LATINO, OVER 15 07 mins
AGE 15-24 14 mins
AGE 25-34 08 mins
AGE 35-44 08 mins
AGE 45-54 10 mins
AGE 55-64 13 mins
AGE 65 + 16 mins
ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLDS
with children 07 mins
without children 13 mins
ADULTS OVER 25
college graduate (or higher) 14 mins
nongraduate 08 mins

Source: American Time Use Survey (data in hours and minutes). 2003 annual averages per 24-hour day)

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