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Time spent in leisure and sports activities, 2022

July 07, 2023

On an average day in 2022, nearly everyone age 15 and older engaged in some sort of leisure and sport activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising. Of those who engaged in leisure and sports activities, men spent more time in these activities (5.8 hours) than did women (5.1 hours).

Average hours spent per day in leisure and sports activities for women and men who engaged in the activities and percent of the population who engaged in the activities on an average day, 2022 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, men Average hours per day, women Percent of the population, men Percent of the population, women

Leisure and sports, total

5.82 5.14 95.8 94.2

Socializing and communicating

1.90 1.99 26.8 30.4

Watching television

3.90 3.49 78.5 74.6

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

1.55 1.31 21.2 19.1

Men were more likely than women to participate in sports, exercise, and recreation on any given day—21 percent compared with 19 percent. On days they participated, men also spent more time in these activities than did women—1.6 hours compared with 1.3 hours.

Average hours per day spent in leisure and sports activities, all days of week, 2022 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day

Leisure and sports, total

5.20

Watching TV

2.79

Playing games and computer use for leisure

0.57

Socializing and communicating

0.56

Other leisure and sports activities, including travel

0.37

Relaxing/thinking

0.35

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

0.29

Reading

0.26

For people age 15 and older, watching TV was the leisure and sport activity that occupied the most time (2.8 hours), accounting for about half of all leisure time, on average. Playing games and computer use for leisure and socializing and communicating, were the next most common leisure and sports activities. On an average day in 2022, playing games and computer use for leisure, and socializing and communication accounted for 34 minutes each for people age 15 and older.

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. For more information, see “American Time Use Survey — 2022 Results.” We also have more charts on American Time Use Survey data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time spent in leisure and sports activities, 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/time-spent-in-leisure-and-sports-activities-2022.htm (visited April 15, 2024).

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