How Americans Spend Time

By | February 3, 2013

Superbowl Sunday. For many in the US, there are only 2 parts of the day. Getting ready for the Superbowl, then watching it. Interestingly, most people don’t care who wins, and a large number of people are just watching for the ads. (66% female and 47% males say they will tune in for the commercials as much as for the game itself).

If you want to see all the Superbowl ads, click here.

So how do Americans spend their time? The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts a time-use survey every year. It is pretty dry reading. Thankfully, the Economist put together this summary graph that shows how the average American spends their day.

How Americans Spend TimeA few takeaways:

People work at home: “21% of employed persons did some or all of their work at home”

Men still don’t do housework: “On an average day, 19% of men did housework–such as cleaning or doing laundry–compared with 48% of women.”

Men cook: “40% of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 66% of women.”

Lots of eldercare: “Eldercare providers are those who provided unpaid care to someone over the age of 65 who needed help because of a condition related to aging”

  • 39.8 million eldercare providers in the civilian non-institutional population
  • 42% of eldercare providers cared for a parent.
  • 23% of eldercare providers were parents of 1 or more children under age 18
  • On days they provided eldercare, persons spent an average of 3.1 hours

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