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.
–ORGANIZATIONAL, CIVIC, AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES: 16 minutes. No change 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.