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Table 8. Time spent in primary activities (1) for the civilian population 18 years and over by employment status, presence and age of youngest household child, and sex, 2008 annual averages

       Table 8.  Time spent in primary activities (1) for the civilian population 18 years and over by
       employment status, presence and age of youngest household child, and sex, 2008 annual averages
       
       Total
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                        Average hours per day spent in primary activities      
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                       Activity                   Youngest household   Youngest household      No household    
                                                     child under 6         child 6-17        children under 18 
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
                                                  Total   Men   Women  Total   Men   Women  Total   Men   Women
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
       Total, all activities (2)................. 24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00
                                                                                                               
         Personal care activities................  9.13   8.85   9.37   9.18   8.99   9.34   9.44   9.29   9.60
            Sleeping.............................  8.46   8.28   8.62   8.40   8.34   8.45   8.62   8.60   8.64
         Eating and drinking.....................  1.15   1.17   1.14   1.14   1.23   1.06   1.30   1.34   1.26
         Household activities....................  1.84   1.20   2.38   1.87   1.30   2.34   1.76   1.41   2.11
            Housework............................   .68    .23   1.07    .67    .25   1.02    .56    .25    .85
            Food preparation and cleanup.........   .70    .36    .99    .60    .30    .84    .49    .31    .67
            Lawn and garden care.................   .11    .14    .08    .16    .26    .08    .23    .31    .16
            Household management.................   .10    .09    .11    .13    .09    .17    .14    .11    .17
         Purchasing goods and services...........   .71    .54    .85    .78    .54    .98    .81    .66    .95
            Consumer goods purchases.............   .38    .29    .46    .40    .27    .52    .39    .30    .47
            Professional and personal care                                                                     
             services............................   .06    .03    .09    .07    .04    .09    .10    .07    .12
         Caring for and helping household                                                                      
          members................................  1.98   1.38   2.48    .90    .65   1.10    .06    .04    .07
            Caring for and helping household                                                                   
             children............................  1.73   1.21   2.16    .69    .48    .86    -      -      -  
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                   
          members................................   .12    .12    .12    .17    .13    .21    .28    .22    .34
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                
             adults..............................   .05    .08    .03    .07    .05    .08    .09    .09    .08
         Working and work-related activities.....  4.33   5.99   2.92   4.53   5.56   3.68   3.61   4.26   2.97
            Working..............................  3.90   5.36   2.68   4.12   5.02   3.37   3.28   3.84   2.72
         Educational activities..................   .20    .13    .26    .32    .25    .38    .25    .16    .33
            Attending class......................   .10    .05    .14    .13    .12    .15    .09    .06    .12
            Homework and research................   .08    .06    .09    .14    .10    .18    .14    .09    .19
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                  
          activities.............................   .24    .20    .28    .39    .39    .39    .35    .30    .40
            Religious and spiritual activities...   .13    .10    .16    .15    .15    .15    .15    .12    .18
            Volunteering (organizational and                                                                   
             civic activities)...................   .08    .07    .08    .19    .19    .19    .16    .14    .18
         Leisure and sports......................  3.97   4.16   3.80   4.35   4.69   4.07   5.72   6.02   5.43
            Socializing and communicating........   .71    .59    .81    .66    .63    .68    .71    .66    .75
            Watching television..................  2.21   2.43   2.02   2.37   2.55   2.22   3.14   3.40   2.88
            Participating in sports, exercise,                                                                 
             and recreation......................   .19    .24    .15    .28    .35    .21    .27    .36    .18
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail.......   .13    .07    .17    .19    .09    .27    .23    .15    .30
         Other activities, not elsewhere                                                                       
          classified.............................   .20    .17    .23    .19    .18    .19    .20    .16    .25
       
       Employed
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
       Total, all activities (2)................. 24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00
                                                                                                               
         Personal care activities................  8.91   8.74   9.13   9.00   8.86   9.14   9.13   9.00   9.28
            Sleeping.............................  8.24   8.16   8.34   8.21   8.20   8.22   8.32   8.33   8.30
         Eating and drinking.....................  1.16   1.18   1.13   1.15   1.24   1.06   1.25   1.30   1.20
         Household activities....................  1.46   1.14   1.86   1.66   1.20   2.10   1.43   1.17   1.74
            Housework............................   .47    .21    .80    .58    .23    .92    .44    .23    .69
            Food preparation and cleanup.........   .54    .35    .77    .51    .28    .74    .38    .25    .54
            Lawn and garden care.................   .10    .15    .04    .15    .23    .07    .17    .22    .11
            Household management.................   .10    .08    .11    .13    .09    .17    .12    .10    .15
         Purchasing goods and services...........   .63    .53    .76    .72    .55    .89    .76    .60    .94
            Consumer goods purchases.............   .33    .27    .40    .38    .27    .48    .37    .28    .47
            Professional and personal care                                                                     
             services............................   .05    .02    .08    .06    .04    .08    .07    .04    .11
         Caring for and helping household                                                                      
          members................................  1.69   1.34   2.15    .82    .63   1.01    .04    .03    .05
            Caring for and helping household                                                                   
             children............................  1.47   1.18   1.84    .62    .48    .77    -      -      -  
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                   
          members................................   .11    .12    .10    .15    .13    .16    .24    .19    .29
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                
             adults..............................   .06    .08    .03    .05    .05    .06    .08    .08    .08
         Working and work-related activities.....  5.75   6.54   4.77   5.79   6.53   5.08   5.74   6.20   5.19
            Working..............................  5.27   5.94   4.44   5.33   5.98   4.69   5.25   5.64   4.79
         Educational activities..................   .17    .12    .22    .21    .15    .27    .27    .14    .42
            Attending class......................   .08    .05    .11    .09    .08    .11    .09    .05    .15
            Homework and research................   .07    .06    .08    .09    .05    .13    .15    .07    .24
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                  
          activities.............................   .21    .19    .24    .37    .38    .37    .30    .25    .37
            Religious and spiritual activities...   .11    .10    .13    .14    .16    .13    .12    .10    .14
            Volunteering (organizational and                                                                   
             civic activities)...................   .07    .08    .07    .18    .17    .19    .15    .12    .19
         Leisure and sports......................  3.63   3.87   3.34   3.82   4.10   3.54   4.51   4.84   4.13
            Socializing and communicating........   .61    .57    .65    .59    .56    .63    .62    .60    .65
            Watching television..................  2.00   2.19   1.76   2.05   2.22   1.88   2.40   2.64   2.11
            Participating in sports, exercise,                                                                 
             and recreation......................   .20    .24    .16    .27    .32    .21    .28    .36    .19
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail.......   .09    .06    .12    .16    .09    .23    .18    .14    .23
         Other activities, not elsewhere                                                                       
          classified.............................   .18    .16    .20    .16    .16    .16    .15    .13    .17
       
       Not employed
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                               
       Total, all activities (2)................. 24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00  24.00
                                                                                                               
         Personal care activities................  9.75   9.88   9.72   9.81   9.71   9.86   9.95   9.88  10.01
            Sleeping.............................  9.10   9.32   9.05   9.06   9.10   9.04   9.11   9.17   9.07
         Eating and drinking.....................  1.14   1.10   1.15   1.10   1.15   1.08   1.37   1.43   1.33
         Household activities....................  2.92   1.73   3.16   2.59   1.87   2.92   2.31   1.91   2.60
            Housework............................  1.28    .39   1.47    .98    .33   1.29    .75    .31   1.07
            Food preparation and cleanup.........  1.18    .46   1.33    .88    .42   1.10    .67    .44    .85
            Lawn and garden care.................   .12    .10    .13    .23    .43    .13    .34    .49    .22
            Household management.................   .12    .13    .12    .16    .12    .17    .16    .12    .19
         Purchasing goods and services...........   .95    .70   1.00    .97    .48   1.20    .88    .78    .96
            Consumer goods purchases.............   .54    .40    .57    .50    .23    .62    .41    .34    .47
            Professional and personal care                                                                     
             services............................   .10    .11    .10    .11    .04    .14    .14    .14    .14
         Caring for and helping household                                                                     
          members................................  2.78   1.77   2.99   1.16    .75   1.35    .09    .06    .10
            Caring for and helping household                                                                   
             children............................  2.45   1.54   2.64    .91    .51   1.09    -      -      -  
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                   
          members................................   .15    .16    .15    .27    .14    .33    .34    .26    .40
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                
             adults..............................   .05    .07    .04    .12    .07    .14    .10    .11    .09
         Working and work-related activities (3).   .29   1.02    .13    .24    .48    .13    .11    .15    .08
            Working (3)..........................   .03    .07    .02    .01    .00    .01    .02    .01    .02
         Educational activities..................   .30    .20    .32    .69    .78    .65    .21    .22    .21
            Attending class......................   .16    .06    .18    .28    .35    .25    .07    .08    .07
            Homework and research................   .10    .12    .09    .32    .34    .32    .12    .12    .13
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                  
          activities.............................   .32    .22    .34    .45    .46    .45    .43    .43    .44
            Religious and spiritual activities...   .19    .12    .20    .16    .12    .19    .21    .17    .23
            Volunteering (organizational and                                                                   
             civic activities)...................   .08    .07    .09    .23    .28    .21    .18    .20    .16
         Leisure and sports......................  4.91   6.86   4.50   6.15   7.80   5.39   7.71   8.51   7.12
            Socializing and communicating........  1.02    .83   1.05    .89   1.04    .82    .84    .77    .89
            Watching television..................  2.78   4.56   2.41   3.46   4.26   3.09   4.36   5.02   3.88
            Participating in sports, exercise,                                                                 
             and recreation......................   .14    .24    .12    .32    .54    .22    .25    .37    .16
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail.......   .24    .17    .26    .27    .10    .35    .30    .17    .40
         Other activities, not elsewhere                                                                       
          classified.............................   .27    .20    .29    .29    .29    .29    .30    .22    .36
       
          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.
          3 Estimates include a small amount of work time done by persons who do not meet the ATUS definition
       for employed.
          - Not applicable.
       
       
       
       
       
       

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Last Modified Date: August 03, 2021