Personal Care Activities

Personal care activities include sleeping, grooming (such as bathing and dressing), health-related self-care, and personal or private activities. For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Personal care activities on weekdays and weekend days in 2013

Time spent in personal care activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in personal care activities, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2013 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 Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays

Total, personal care activities

9.30 10.11 100.0 100.0 9.30 10.11

Sleeping

8.48 9.34 99.9 100.0 8.49 9.34

Grooming

.71 .67 82.8 74.7 .85 .90

Health-related self care

.09 .08 6.8 5.4 1.35 1.50

Personal activities

~0 .01 .3 .4 1.27 1.85

Travel related to personal care

.01 .01 1.9 2.1 .67 .70

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to personal care activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
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, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Personal care activities done by men and women in 2013

Time spent in personal care activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in personal care activities, averages per day by sex, 2013 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, personal care activities

9.54 9.31 9.76 100.0 99.9 100.0 9.55 9.31 9.76

Sleeping

8.74 8.65 8.82 99.9 99.9 99.9 8.75 8.66 8.82

Grooming

.70 .57 .82 80.4 76.6 83.9 .87 .74 .98

Health-related self care

.09 .06 .11 6.4 5.0 7.8 1.39 1.27 1.46

Personal activities

~0 .01 ~0 .3 .5 .2 1.46 1.44 (2)

Travel related to personal care

.01 .02 .01 2.0 2.2 1.8 .68 .73 .62

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to personal care activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
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, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Last Modified Date: June 18, 2014