Here’s How the Average American Spends the 24 Hours of Their Day

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The U.S. Department of Labor just released the results of their annual study on how we Americans use our time.  And you’ll be happy to know . . . we work a little, we sleep a lot, and we don’t waste our free time with ANYTHING productive. Here’s how it breaks down.

–SLEEP: 8 hours, 23 minutes. That’s up five minutes from 2007 . . . and, ya know, MORE than the recommended eight hours of sleep.

–LEISURE ACTIVITIES: 4 hours, 40 minutes. That breaks down even further into 2 hours, 31 minutes of TV and 2 hours, 9 minutes of other activities. TV time is up five minutes from 2007, other leisure time is up one minute.

–WORK: 4 hours, 24 minutes. That’s down 25 MINUTES from 2007. A lot of that change comes from people losing their jobs and dropping from eight or nine hours of work a day to ZERO.

–HOUSEHOLD CHORES: 1 hour, 41 minutes. Down one minute from 2007.

–EATING: 1 hour, 12 minutes. That’s up one minute from 2007.

–PERSONAL CARE: 49 minutes. That includes things like showering, shaving, and putting on make-up. It’s up three minutes from 2007.

–PURCHASING GOODS AND SERVICES: 43 minutes. That’s down two minutes from 2007.

–EDUCATION: 36 minutes. That’s up four minutes from 2007.

–CARING FOR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: 32 minutes. Down two minutes from 2007.


–CARING FOR NON-HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: 12 minutes. Up one minute from 2007.

–TELEPHONE, MAIL, AND EMAIL: 11 minutes. Down one minute from 2007.

–And finally, OTHER ACTIVITIES: 21 minutes. Up 10 minutes from 2007.


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