Educational Activities

Educational activities include taking classes (including Internet or other distance-learning courses); doing homework and research; and taking care of administrative tasks related to education, such as registering for classes or obtaining a school ID. For high school students, before- and after-school extracurricular activities (except sports) also are classified as educational activities. For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

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Other sources of ATUS data

Educational activities on weekdays and weekend days in 2012

Time spent in educational activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaged in educational activities, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2) Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2) Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2)

Total, educational activities

.63 .20 9.9 5.3 6.36 3.72

Attending class

.39 .02 7.5 .6 5.24 2.81

Homework and research

.17 .16 6.8 4.7 2.54 3.47

Travel related to education

.05 .01 7.0 1.0 .71 .50

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to educational activities done as a main (primary) 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 2012, data were not collected about New Year's Day.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-2: Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

Educational activities done by men and women in 2012

Time spent in educational activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaged in educational activities, averages per day by sex, 2012 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total, educational activities

.50 .53 .47 8.5 8.8 8.2 5.87 6.01 5.73

Attending class

.28 .30 .26 5.4 5.8 5.1 5.16 5.17 5.14

Homework and research

.17 .18 .16 6.2 6.1 6.2 2.75 2.89 2.63

Travel related to education

.04 .03 .04 5.2 5.4 5.0 .70 .63 .76

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to educational activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex, 2012 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

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Last Modified Date: June 20, 2013