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Table 1. Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day by sex, 2008 annual averages

       Table 1.  Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity,
       averages per day by sex, 2008 annual averages
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                 Average hours per day, Average percent engaged  Average hours per day 
                                                  civilian population   in the activity per day for persons who engaged
                       Activity                                                                     in the activity    
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                 Total    Men    Women   Total    Men    Women   Total    Men    Women 
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
       Total, all activities (2)...............   24.00   24.00   24.00    -       -       -       -       -       -   
                                                                                                                       
         Personal care activities..............    9.39    9.22    9.55  100.0   100.0   100.0     9.39    9.23    9.55
            Sleeping...........................    8.60    8.56    8.64   99.9    99.9    99.9     8.61    8.57    8.64
         Eating and drinking...................    1.23    1.28    1.18   96.0    96.5    95.6     1.28    1.33    1.23
         Household activities..................    1.73    1.30    2.13   73.7    64.2    82.6     2.34    2.02    2.58
            Housework..........................     .58     .24     .90   35.5    19.7    50.3     1.64    1.23    1.79
            Food preparation and cleanup.......     .52     .30     .73   52.3    38.4    65.3     1.00     .78    1.12
            Lawn and garden care...............     .19     .26     .12    9.4    11.0     7.9     2.00    2.35    1.56
            Household management...............     .13     .10     .15   18.1    14.5    21.5      .70     .68     .71
         Purchasing goods and services.........     .77     .60     .92   44.8    39.2    50.0     1.71    1.53    1.85
            Consumer goods purchases...........     .38     .28     .48   40.7    35.6    45.4      .94     .79    1.05
            Professional and personal care                                                                             
          services.............................     .08     .06     .11    8.9     6.7    11.0      .92     .84     .97
         Caring for and helping household                                                                              
          members..............................     .53     .36     .70   26.1    20.7    31.2     2.04    1.72    2.24
            Caring for and helping household                                                                           
             children..........................     .42     .27     .55   22.4    17.2    27.2     1.86    1.59    2.01
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                           
          members..............................     .23     .18     .27   13.3    11.0    15.6     1.69    1.66    1.72
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                        
             adults............................     .07     .08     .07    8.5     7.8     9.1      .87     .98     .78
         Working and work-related activities...    3.73    4.52    2.99   46.7    53.5    40.3     7.99    8.44    7.42
            Working............................    3.38    4.06    2.73   44.7    51.1    38.7     7.56    7.95    7.06
         Educational activities................     .47     .42     .52    7.9     6.9     9.0     5.94    6.15    5.79
            Attending class....................     .27     .27     .27    5.2     5.0     5.3     5.22    5.37    5.09
            Homework and research..............     .16     .12     .20    5.8     4.6     7.0     2.72    2.49    2.87
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                          
          activities...........................     .33     .30     .37   14.6    12.4    16.7     2.29    2.42    2.20
            Religious and spiritual activities      .14     .12     .17    9.2     7.7    10.7     1.55    1.54    1.55
            Volunteering (organizational and                                                                           
             civic activities).................     .15     .14     .16    7.0     6.0     7.9     2.15    2.38    1.99
         Leisure and sports....................    5.18    5.52    4.86   96.2    96.4    96.0     5.39    5.73    5.06
            Socializing and communicating......     .71     .66     .76   38.9    36.1    41.6     1.83    1.83    1.82
            Watching television................    2.77    3.01    2.55   80.9    82.3    79.6     3.43    3.66    3.20
            Participating in sports, exercise,                                                                         
             and recreation....................     .30     .40     .20   17.9    21.0    15.0     1.64    1.91    1.30
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail.....     .21     .14     .28   26.3    20.3    31.9      .80     .67     .89
         Other activities, not elsewhere                                                                               
          classified...........................     .20     .17     .24   14.6    12.6    16.5     1.39    1.32    1.44
         
          1 A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity.  Other activities done simultaneously are not
       included. 
          2 All major activity categories include related travel time.  See Technical Note for activity category
       definitions.
          - Not applicable.
          NOTE:  Data refer to persons 15 years and over.
        
        
        
        
        
        

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Last Modified Date: August 03, 2021