Figure 2. Average hours per day millennials and nonmillennials spent on selected leisure and sports activities in 2017


Millennials, ages 21 to 36

Nonmillennials, ages 37 and over

Watching TV

1.99 3.20

Socializing and communicating

0.77 0.60

Relaxing and thinking

0.22 0.43

Reading for personal interest

0.12 0.37

Playing games

0.36 0.15

Computer use for leisure, excluding games

0.18 0.18

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

0.30 0.23


0.42 0.40

Note: “Other” leisure and sports activities include tobacco and drug use; listening to the radio; listening to or playing music (not radio); arts and crafts as a hobby; collecting as a hobby; hobbies, except arts and crafts and collecting; writing for personal interest; relaxing and leisure, not elsewhere classified; arts and entertainment (other than sports); waiting associated with relaxing or leisure; waiting associated with arts and entertainment; waiting associated with socializing, not elsewhere classified; socializing, relaxing, and leisure, not elsewhere classified; attending sporting and recreational events; waiting associated with sports, exercise, and recreation; security procedures related to sports, exercise, and recreation; sports, exercise, and recreation, not elsewhere classified; travel related to socializing, relaxing, and leisure; and travel related to sports, exercise, and recreation. Data are averages of estimates for all 7 days of the week.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey.