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, 2012 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, 2012 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.............................   9.30   8.92   9.60   9.38   9.06   9.66   9.48   9.23   9.73
     Sleeping..........................................   8.67   8.36   8.92   8.61   8.43   8.77   8.70   8.60   8.81
  Eating and drinking..................................   1.14   1.19   1.09   1.19   1.21   1.18   1.31   1.38   1.25
  Household activities.................................   1.77   1.11   2.28   1.90   1.27   2.43   1.79   1.41   2.17
     Housework.........................................    .69    .29   1.00    .71    .30   1.05    .58    .28    .88
     Food preparation and cleanup......................    .70    .33   1.00    .64    .31    .93    .48    .29    .67
     Lawn and garden care..............................    .08    .13    .04    .17    .24    .11    .22    .29    .15
     Household management..............................    .10    .08    .12    .11    .06    .15    .15    .13    .17
  Purchasing goods and services........................    .72    .59    .82    .72    .57    .84    .75    .64    .85
     Consumer goods purchases..........................    .37    .30    .43    .37    .28    .44    .36    .28    .43
     Professional and personal care services...........    .07    .03    .10    .05    .03    .07    .10    .08    .11
  Caring for and helping household members.............   2.09   1.51   2.54    .82    .62    .99    .06    .05    .06
     Caring for and helping household children.........   1.87   1.34   2.28    .62    .45    .76    ---    ---    ---
  Caring for and helping nonhousehold members..........    .09    .07    .11    .10    .07    .13    .23    .20    .25
     Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults........    .04    .04    .03    .04    .03    .04    .07    .08    .06
  Working and work-related activities..................   4.05   5.33   3.04   4.34   5.43   3.42   3.44   3.94   2.95
     Working...........................................   3.68   4.80   2.80   3.93   4.89   3.12   3.09   3.53   2.66
  Educational activities...............................    .21    .23    .20    .36    .31    .41    .28    .28    .27
     Attending class...................................    .09    .15    .05    .15    .12    .17    .11    .09    .13
     Homework and research.............................    .09    .06    .12    .17    .14    .19    .13    .14    .12
  Organizational, civic, and religious activities......    .27    .28    .27    .36    .28    .43    .33    .26    .39
     Religious and spiritual activities................    .14    .14    .15    .15    .13    .16    .15    .11    .20
     Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)    .09    .11    .08    .16    .11    .20    .13    .12    .15
  Leisure and sports...................................   4.04   4.49   3.69   4.47   4.90   4.11   5.92   6.26   5.58
     Socializing and communicating.....................    .76    .81    .72    .68    .73    .64    .74    .70    .77
     Watching television...............................   2.08   2.26   1.93   2.37   2.63   2.16   3.23   3.46   3.00
     Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation     .26    .31    .22    .29    .35    .23    .30    .39    .21
  Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail....................    .07    .05    .09    .11    .08    .13    .19    .13    .25
  Other activities, not elsewhere classified...........    .25    .22    .27    .25    .20    .28    .24    .23    .24
   
  
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.............................   8.98   8.75   9.24   9.18   8.90   9.46   9.15   8.93   9.40
     Sleeping..........................................   8.31   8.17   8.48   8.39   8.25   8.53   8.39   8.30   8.50
  Eating and drinking..................................   1.17   1.24   1.08   1.20   1.23   1.17   1.29   1.35   1.22
  Household activities.................................   1.38   1.04   1.77   1.58   1.16   2.00   1.41   1.18   1.69
     Housework.........................................    .51    .26    .78    .52    .26    .79    .45    .26    .67
     Food preparation and cleanup......................    .52    .31    .76    .52    .28    .78    .37    .25    .51
     Lawn and garden care..............................    .09    .13    .04    .16    .24    .07    .15    .19    .10
     Household management..............................    .10    .09    .10    .10    .06    .15    .12    .11    .15
  Purchasing goods and services........................    .67    .56    .80    .68    .52    .83    .68    .57    .80
     Consumer goods purchases..........................    .36    .28    .45    .35    .26    .44    .34    .27    .41
     Professional and personal care services...........    .05    .02    .07    .05    .02    .07    .07    .04    .10
  Caring for and helping household members.............   1.77   1.40   2.18    .72    .54    .91    .04    .05    .03
     Caring for and helping household children.........   1.55   1.24   1.89    .54    .40    .68    ---    ---    ---
  Caring for and helping nonhousehold members..........    .06    .06    .07    .10    .07    .13    .21    .17    .25
     Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults........    .02    .03    .01    .03    .02    .04    .07    .07    .07
  Working and work-related activities..................   5.74   6.30   5.10   5.74   6.55   4.92   5.78   6.12   5.39
     Working...........................................   5.27   5.72   4.75   5.25   5.96   4.53   5.29   5.57   4.97
  Educational activities...............................    .11    .08    .14    .23    .21    .26    .21    .17    .25
     Attending class...................................    .04   (4)     .04    .09    .07    .10    .07    .05    .10
     Homework and research.............................    .06    .04    .08    .11    .11    .12    .11    .09    .13
  Organizational, civic, and religious activities......    .24    .27    .21    .33    .28    .39    .25    .20    .31
     Religious and spiritual activities................    .13    .14    .12    .13    .12    .14    .11    .08    .14
     Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)    .08    .09    .06    .15    .12    .19    .11    .09    .13
  Leisure and sports...................................   3.60   4.06   3.09   3.97   4.29   3.65   4.67   5.01   4.26
     Socializing and communicating.....................    .74    .80    .66    .63    .67    .59    .65    .61    .69
     Watching television...............................   1.87   2.14   1.57   2.08   2.30   1.87   2.44   2.71   2.12
     Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation     .23    .27    .19    .28    .34    .22    .26    .31    .20
  Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail....................    .05    .04    .07    .08    .05    .10    .14    .10    .18
  Other activities, not elsewhere classified...........    .23    .20    .25    .19    .19    .19    .18    .15    .21
   
   
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.............................  10.03   9.80  10.10   9.99   9.79  10.09   9.95   9.74  10.11
     Sleeping..........................................   9.48   9.30   9.53   9.29   9.29   9.29   9.14   9.11   9.17
  Eating and drinking..................................   1.07    .94   1.11   1.17   1.11   1.20   1.34   1.42   1.29
  Household activities.................................   2.64   1.50   2.99   2.86   1.76   3.39   2.32   1.81   2.72
     Housework.........................................   1.10   (4)    1.30   1.25    .50   1.62    .77    .32   1.12
     Food preparation and cleanup......................   1.11    .38   1.33   1.00    .48   1.26    .64    .36    .85
     Lawn and garden care..............................    .07    .14    .05    .22    .27    .19    .32    .45    .22
     Household management..............................    .12   (4)     .15    .12    .09    .14    .18    .17    .19
  Purchasing goods and services........................    .83    .75    .85    .85    .81    .87    .84    .76    .91
     Consumer goods purchases..........................    .40    .41    .40    .42    .37    .44    .39    .30    .45
     Professional and personal care services...........    .11   (4)     .13    .07   (4)     .08    .14    .14    .13
  Caring for and helping household members.............   2.81   2.06   3.05   1.09    .97   1.15    .08    .05    .10
     Caring for and helping household children.........   2.59   1.82   2.82    .86    .72    .92    ---    ---    ---
  Caring for and helping nonhousehold members..........    .17   (4)     .17    .13    .10    .15    .25    .25    .26
     Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults........    .07   (4)     .06    .05    .05    .05    .07    .09    .05
  Working and work-related activities (3)..............    .25   (4)    (4)     .15    .28    .08    .15    .17    .14
     Working(3)........................................   (4)    (4)    (4)      ~0   (4)      ~0    .02     ~0     ~0
  Educational activities...............................    .44   (4)    (4)     .74   (4)     .74    .37    .46    .30
     Attending class...................................    .21   (4)     .06    .34   (4)     .32    .16    .17    .16
     Homework and research.............................    .16   (4)     .16    .32   (4)     .33    .16    .23    .11
  Organizational, civic, and religious activities......    .34   (4)     .35    .45   (4)     .51    .44    .38    .49
     Religious and spiritual activities................    .17   (4)     .18    .19    .15    .21    .22    .15    .27
     Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)    .13   (4)     .12    .19   (4)     .24    .17    .17    .17
  Leisure and sports...................................   5.01   6.67   4.51   5.96   7.68   5.12   7.67   8.41   7.09
     Socializing and communicating.....................    .81    .86    .79    .83   1.01    .75    .86    .85    .86
     Watching television...............................   2.53   2.85   2.43   3.24   4.15   2.79   4.33   4.75   4.00
     Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation     .33    .54    .27    .31    .39    .26    .36    .51    .23
  Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail....................    .11    .10    .11    .20   (4)     .19    .27    .19    .32
  Other activities, not elsewhere classified...........    .30   (4)     .30    .41   (4)     .50    .32    .38    .27
   
 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 American Time Use Survey
 definition for employed.
 4 Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
 ~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
 --- Not applicable.



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