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Table 2. Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2008 annual averages

       Table 2.  Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each
       activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2008 annual averages
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
                                                      Average hours per    Average percent    Average hours per 
                                                        day, civilian       engaged in the   day for persons who
                                                          population       activity per day     engaged in the  
                                                                                                   activity     
                         Activity                                                                               
                                                                                                                
                                                                Weekends            Weekends            Weekends
                                                      Weekdays    and     Weekdays    and     Weekdays    and   
                                                               holidays-           holidays-           holidays-
                                                                  (2)                 (2)                 (2)   
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
       Total, all activities (3)....................    24.00     24.00      -          -         -         -   
                                                                                                                
         Personal care activities...................     9.10     10.07    100.0      99.9       9.11     10.07 
            Sleeping................................     8.30      9.31     99.9      99.9       8.31      9.32 
         Eating and drinking........................     1.18      1.35     96.3      95.5       1.22      1.41 
         Household activities.......................     1.57      2.08     73.3      74.6       2.15      2.80 
            Housework...............................      .53       .70     34.4      38.0       1.53      1.86 
            Food preparation and cleanup............      .50       .59     53.0      50.6        .93      1.16 
            Lawn and garden care....................      .16       .25      8.8      10.8       1.86      2.28 
            Household management....................      .12       .15     18.1      18.1        .65       .83 
         Purchasing goods and services..............      .71       .91     43.8      47.0       1.61      1.93 
            Consumer goods purchases................      .32       .53     38.9      44.8        .82      1.19 
            Professional and personal care services       .10       .04     10.8       4.4        .91       .97 
         Caring for and helping household members...      .57       .44     27.8      22.0       2.05      2.00 
            Caring for and helping household                                                                    
             children...............................      .44       .37     23.8      18.9       1.83      1.93 
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold members      .22       .24     13.0      14.2       1.70      1.67 
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                 
             adults.................................      .07       .09      8.0       9.6        .85       .91 
         Working and work-related activities........     4.74      1.38     56.5      23.8       8.38      5.78 
            Working.................................     4.29      1.24     54.3      22.1       7.89      5.60 
         Educational activities.....................      .61       .14      9.5       4.3       6.46      3.24 
            Attending class.........................      .38       .01      7.3        .3       5.25     (4)   
            Homework and research...................      .18       .12      6.6       4.0       2.65      3.00 
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                   
          activities................................      .25       .53     12.4      19.8       2.03      2.66 
            Religious and spiritual activities......      .08       .30      6.4      15.9       1.18      1.90 
            Volunteering (organizational and civic                                                              
             activities)............................      .15       .16      7.1       6.9       2.08      2.32 
         Leisure and sports.........................     4.62      6.48     95.8      97.0       4.83      6.68 
            Socializing and communicating...........      .54      1.12     36.2      45.4       1.49      2.46 
            Watching television.....................     2.55      3.29     80.2      82.6       3.18      3.98 
            Participating in sports, exercise, and                                                              
             recreation.............................      .27       .35     18.4      16.8       1.48      2.08 
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail..........      .23       .18     28.0      22.2        .80       .81 
         Other activities, not elsewhere classified       .20       .21     14.7      14.6       1.36      1.45 
         
          1 A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity.  Other activities done simultaneously are
       not included. 
          2 Holidays are New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day,
       and Christmas Day. In 2008, data were not collected about Christmas Day.
          3 All major activity categories include related travel time.  See Technical Note for activity category
       definitions.
          4 Data not shown where base is less than 1.2 million.
          - Not applicable.
          NOTE:  Data refer to persons 15 years and over.
       
       
       
       
       
       

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Last Modified Date: August 03, 2021