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Table 9. Time spent in leisure and sports activities by selected characteristics, averages for May to December, 2019 and 2020

Table 9. Time spent in leisure and sports activities by selected characteristics, averages for May to December, 2019 and 2020
Characteristic Average hours per day spent in leisure and sports activities
Total, all leisure
and sports
activities
Participating in
sports, exercise,
and recreation
Socializing and
communicating
Watching TV Reading Relaxing/
thinking
Playing games and
computer use for
leisure
Other leisure and
sports activities(1)
2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020

Age

Total, 15 years and over

4.99 5.53 0.32 0.37 0.66 0.54 2.74 3.05 0.28 0.34 0.33 0.44 0.45 0.62 0.21 0.16

15 to 19 years

5.15 6.40 0.51 0.62 0.79 0.60 1.93 2.54 0.15 0.14 0.25 0.38 1.23 1.88 0.29 0.23

20 to 24 years

4.86 5.58 0.65 0.37 0.56 0.66 2.24 2.38 0.11 0.20 0.21 0.38 0.91 1.41 0.17 0.18

25 to 34 years

4.10 4.57 0.36 0.43 0.63 0.66 1.97 2.15 0.11 0.19 0.28 0.33 0.57 0.72 0.19 0.09

35 to 44 years

3.79 4.03 0.30 0.38 0.63 0.55 1.95 2.14 0.16 0.20 0.28 0.29 0.29 0.33 0.20 0.13

45 to 54 years

4.22 4.94 0.25 0.34 0.63 0.47 2.41 2.90 0.26 0.23 0.23 0.43 0.22 0.34 0.24 0.22

55 to 64 years

5.15 5.58 0.24 0.28 0.69 0.52 3.13 3.46 0.27 0.29 0.39 0.59 0.21 0.28 0.21 0.16

65 to 74 years

6.89 7.09 0.26 0.37 0.67 0.43 4.43 4.42 0.52 0.72 0.47 0.58 0.31 0.40 0.22 0.17

75 years and over

7.46 8.05 0.21 0.21 0.74 0.44 4.52 5.20 0.82 0.95 0.57 0.55 0.42 0.51 0.18 0.19

Sex

Men

5.36 5.98 0.42 0.44 0.59 0.52 3.01 3.30 0.23 0.30 0.32 0.45 0.60 0.82 0.20 0.17

Women

4.65 5.10 0.23 0.30 0.73 0.56 2.50 2.83 0.32 0.38 0.34 0.43 0.31 0.44 0.22 0.16

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

White

4.98 5.50 0.33 0.40 0.69 0.56 2.71 3.01 0.31 0.37 0.30 0.40 0.43 0.63 0.21 0.14

Black or African American

5.46 6.14 0.26 0.20 0.64 0.46 3.30 3.68 0.10 0.24 0.54 0.74 0.42 0.52 0.20 s

Asian

3.70 4.48 0.38 0.42 0.40 0.52 1.44 2.09 0.21 0.25 0.26 s 0.74 0.76 0.27 0.15

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

4.29 5.07 0.24 0.27 0.69 0.49 2.25 2.77 0.10 0.10 0.38 0.60 0.46 0.75 0.18 0.09

Employment status

Employed

4.02 4.30 0.29 0.33 0.63 0.52 2.07 2.27 0.18 0.22 0.26 0.34 0.38 0.50 0.20 0.12

Full-time workers

3.84 4.16 0.30 0.34 0.60 0.53 2.04 2.24 0.15 0.21 0.24 0.33 0.32 0.42 0.19 0.10

Part-time workers

4.66 4.78 0.28 0.30 0.75 0.50 2.19 2.39 0.27 0.24 0.32 0.40 0.62 0.78 0.22 0.17

Not employed

6.68 7.28 0.38 0.42 0.71 0.57 3.90 4.17 0.44 0.52 0.45 0.57 0.56 0.80 0.23 0.23

Usual weekly earnings of full-time wage
and salary workers (single jobholders only)

Earnings less than or equal to the 25th percentile

3.84 4.56 0.22 0.18 0.42 0.56 2.11 2.62 0.15 0.11 0.34 0.37 0.48 0.60 0.12 0.12

Earnings from 25th to 50th percentiles

4.14 4.31 0.28 0.33 0.67 0.51 2.34 2.33 0.13 0.17 0.21 0.36 0.31 0.48 0.20 0.13

Earnings from 50th to 75th percentiles

4.06 4.20 0.30 0.38 0.60 0.49 2.20 2.23 0.16 0.37 0.18 0.29 0.36 0.33 0.26 0.10

Earnings greater than the 75th percentile

3.61 4.06 0.39 0.50 0.63 0.55 1.82 2.10 0.20 0.20 0.16 0.23 0.22 0.41 0.20 0.09

Presence and age of household children

No household children under 18

5.54 6.14 0.33 0.37 0.66 0.53 3.15 3.51 0.35 0.44 0.35 0.44 0.48 0.66 0.22 0.19

Household children under 18

3.95 4.36 0.30 0.37 0.66 0.55 1.97 2.19 0.14 0.16 0.29 0.43 0.39 0.54 0.19 0.12

Children 13 to 17 years, none younger

4.53 5.13 0.36 0.39 0.72 0.60 2.46 2.68 0.17 0.18 0.17 0.37 0.47 0.75 0.20 0.17

Children 6 to 12 years, none younger

3.97 4.40 0.30 0.42 0.60 0.46 1.95 2.17 0.14 0.18 0.32 0.50 0.47 0.54 0.20 0.12

Youngest child under 6 years

3.60 3.86 0.28 0.31 0.69 0.60 1.70 1.91 0.12 0.13 0.34 0.42 0.27 0.41 0.19 0.08

Marital status and sex

Married, spouse present

4.59 5.00 0.27 0.36 0.68 0.55 2.55 2.88 0.30 0.35 0.31 0.39 0.28 0.33 0.21 0.12

Men

4.98 5.30 0.30 0.40 0.64 0.53 2.93 3.15 0.26 0.34 0.33 0.40 0.32 0.36 0.19 0.13

Women

4.19 4.70 0.23 0.33 0.72 0.57 2.14 2.62 0.34 0.37 0.29 0.37 0.24 0.31 0.23 0.12

Other marital statuses

5.40 6.06 0.38 0.37 0.64 0.53 2.94 3.23 0.25 0.33 0.35 0.49 0.62 0.91 0.21 0.20

Men

5.80 6.71 0.56 0.48 0.53 0.50 3.09 3.45 0.19 0.26 0.31 0.51 0.92 1.31 0.20 0.21

Women

5.07 5.48 0.23 0.28 0.74 0.56 2.82 3.03 0.30 0.39 0.38 0.48 0.37 0.56 0.22 0.19

Day of week

Non-holiday weekdays

4.50 5.07 0.30 0.33 0.52 0.42 2.49 2.84 0.28 0.34 0.31 0.40 0.43 0.57 0.17 0.16

Weekends or holidays

6.11 6.59 0.37 0.45 0.99 0.82 3.30 3.55 0.28 0.35 0.37 0.52 0.50 0.73 0.31 0.18

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

5.76 6.24 s 0.18 0.70 0.59 3.42 3.96 0.19 0.11 0.78 1.06 0.24 0.22 0.14 0.11

High school graduates, no college

5.53 6.04 0.16 0.27 0.57 0.50 3.63 3.80 0.22 0.27 0.42 0.62 0.39 0.41 0.14 0.18

Some college or associate degree

5.19 5.39 0.25 0.24 0.79 0.48 3.01 3.33 0.27 0.33 0.29 0.36 0.34 0.47 0.24 0.17

Bachelor's degree and higher

4.29 4.89 0.37 0.49 0.64 0.55 2.08 2.47 0.42 0.52 0.23 0.26 0.31 0.47 0.25 0.14

Bachelor's degree only

4.37 4.98 0.35 0.45 0.64 0.56 2.25 2.57 0.35 0.48 0.25 0.27 0.31 0.50 0.24 0.15

Advanced degree

4.18 4.75 0.40 0.55 0.64 0.53 1.85 2.30 0.51 0.60 0.20 0.24 0.31 0.41 0.27 0.12

(1) Includes other leisure and sports activities, not elsewhere classified.
s - Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.

Note: Data refer to persons 15 years and over, unless otherwise specified, and are representative of the periods May 10th through December 31st. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race. Unlike in prior years, "Total, all leisure and sports activities" does not include associated travel.

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Last Modified Date: July 22, 2021