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Table 12. Average hours per day spent in primary activities (1) for the civilian population, 2008 quarterly and annual averages

       Table 12.  Average hours per day spent in primary activities (1) for the civilian population, 2008 quarterly and
       annual averages
       
       (Not seasonally adjusted)
                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                          
                                                                                      2008                                
                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                          
                         Activity                                       Quarterly averages                                
                                                                                                                 Annual   
                                                                                                                average   
                                                           I             II           III            IV                   
                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                          
       Total, all activities (2)....................      24.00         24.00         24.00         24.00         24.00   
                                                                                                                          
         Personal care activities...................       9.58          9.32          9.34          9.33          9.39   
            Sleeping................................       8.78          8.52          8.57          8.55          8.60   
         Eating and drinking........................       1.22          1.23          1.24          1.21          1.23   
         Household activities.......................       1.59          1.80          1.80          1.71          1.73   
            Housework...............................        .58           .56           .60           .59           .58   
            Food preparation and cleanup............        .52           .51           .51           .55           .52   
            Lawn and garden care....................        .06           .32           .28           .09           .19   
            Household management....................        .14           .13           .13           .11           .13   
         Purchasing goods and services..............        .77           .70           .77           .82           .77   
            Consumer purchases......................        .36           .34           .38           .45           .38   
            Professional and personal care services         .10           .08           .08           .07           .08   
         Caring for and helping household members...        .53           .53           .50           .57           .53   
            Caring for and helping household                                                                              
             children...............................        .42           .41           .40           .43           .42   
         Caring for and helping nonhousehold members        .23           .27           .19           .22           .23   
            Caring for and helping nonhousehold                                                                           
             adults.................................        .07           .09           .06           .07           .07   
         Working and work-related activities........       3.70          3.84          3.66          3.72          3.73   
            Working.................................       3.36          3.43          3.32          3.40          3.38   
         Educational activities.....................        .53           .44           .32           .59           .47   
            Attending class.........................        .29           .27           .17           .35           .27   
            Homework and research...................        .19           .14           .11           .19           .16   
         Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                             
          activities................................        .37           .32           .30           .35           .33   
            Religious and spiritual activities......        .16           .14           .14           .14           .14   
            Volunteering (organizational and civic                                                                        
             activities)............................        .17           .14           .13           .16           .15   
         Leisure and sports.........................       5.07          5.15          5.44          5.05          5.18   
            Socializing and communicating...........        .68           .74           .78           .65           .71   
            Watching television.....................       2.77          2.64          2.75          2.93          2.77   
            Participating in sports, exercise, and                                                                        
             recreation.............................        .23           .36           .36           .23           .30   
         Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail..........        .22           .21           .19           .22           .21   
         Other activities, not elsewhere classified         .20           .18           .24           .19           .20   
       
          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.
          NOTE:  Data refer to persons 15 years and over.
       
       
       
       
       
 

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