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American Time Use Survey
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Table A-3. Percent of the population engaging in selected activities (1) by time of day, 2003-07
12 AM 1 AM 2 AM 3 AM 4 AM 5 AM 6 AM 7 AM 8 AM 9 AM 10 AM 11 AM

Total (2)

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Personal care activities

83.7 90.5 93.8 95.3 94.0 89.3 75.4 52.5 31.9 19.4 12.2 8.4

Sleeping

82.2 89.7 93.0 94.4 91.9 85.2 65.1 41.2 23.8 13.4 7.7 4.9

Eating and drinking

0.8 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.5 1.3 3.6 6.4 7.1 6.4 5.1 6.0

Household activities

0.9 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.8 1.7 4.4 7.7 10.9 13.5 14.4 13.9

Housework

0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.9 2.1 4.0 6.2 6.6 6.2

Food preparation and cleanup

0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.8 2.2 3.2 3.3 2.7 2.5 2.4

Lawn and garden care

0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 1.0 1.6 1.9 1.9

Household management

0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.9 1.0 0.9

Purchasing goods and services

0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.9 2.1 4.1 6.2 7.4

Consumer goods purchases

0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.5 1.2 2.4 3.4

Professional and personal care services

0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.9

Caring for and helping household members

0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 1.8 4.0 3.8 2.7 2.3 2.3

Caring for and helping household children

0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.3 1.4 3.0 2.4 1.9 1.8 1.7

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.6

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.7

Working and work-related activities

2.6 1.9 1.5 1.5 2.2 3.7 8.1 16.9 26.5 30.3 31.4 32.2

Working

2.2 1.8 1.4 1.4 1.9 2.8 5.7 12.8 22.7 28.4 30.0 30.9

Educational activities

0.4 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 1.3 3.4 4.4 4.7 4.5

Attending class

0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 2.7 3.6 3.9 3.6

Homework and research

0.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.6

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.7 1.4 2.5 3.4 3.9

Religious and spiritual activities

0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.2

Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)

0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.9 1.2 1.3

Leisure and sports

9.9 5.3 3.0 1.8 1.6 2.9 5.0 8.2 10.5 13.7 16.8 17.6

Socializing and communicating

1.4 0.9 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.9 1.5 2.1 2.5

Watching television

4.8 2.4 1.2 0.8 0.7 1.0 1.6 2.8 3.7 4.8 5.9 6.6

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 1.8

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

0.5 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.8 0.9 1.0

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.7 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2
Table A-3. Percent of the population engaging in selected activities (1) by time of day, 2003-07 -- Continued
12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 5 PM 6 PM 7 PM 8 PM 9 PM 10 PM 11 PM

Total (2)

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Personal care activities

6.3 6.2 6.4 6.3 6.1 5.8 5.7 5.7 8.3 18.3 41.3 67.5

Sleeping

3.5 4.1 4.3 3.9 3.5 2.9 2.7 2.8 5.1 14.0 36.5 64.4

Eating and drinking

18.1 11.6 5.9 4.2 4.5 9.1 15.7 13.8 9.0 4.9 2.6 1.3

Household activities

12.5 11.7 11.7 11.8 13.2 14.8 13.8 10.9 7.7 5.4 3.4 1.8

Housework

4.7 4.3 4.2 3.7 3.4 2.6 2.1 2.2 2.1 1.9 1.3 0.6

Food preparation and cleanup

3.2 2.4 2.2 2.7 4.4 7.2 7.6 5.2 2.8 1.4 0.8 0.3

Lawn and garden care

1.5 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.2 0.8 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.0

Household management

0.8 0.8 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.5 0.4

Purchasing goods and services

8.0 8.1 8.1 7.8 7.7 6.9 5.6 4.5 3.2 2.2 1.1 0.5

Consumer goods purchases

3.7 4.0 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.3 1.6 1.0 0.4 0.2

Professional and personal care services

0.7 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

Caring for and helping household members

2.3 2.3 2.6 3.6 4.1 4.2 3.8 4.3 4.8 3.9 1.9 0.8

Caring for and helping household children

1.6 1.6 1.7 2.2 2.9 2.7 2.9 3.7 4.2 3.4 1.5 0.6

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

1.6 1.7 1.9 2.1 2.2 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.1 0.8 0.5

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1

Working and work-related activities

24.6 29.1 31.3 30.4 26.9 20.2 12.7 9.1 7.1 6.0 4.9 3.8

Working

22.8 27.3 29.4 27.8 23.4 15.4 9.7 7.4 6.1 5.1 4.1 3.1

Educational activities

3.7 4.0 3.9 2.9 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.9 1.7 1.5 1.0 0.6

Attending class

2.9 3.1 2.9 1.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.0

Homework and research

0.6 0.7 0.7 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.5

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

3.0 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.9 2.6 2.3 1.4 0.6 0.3

Religious and spiritual activities

1.4 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.6 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.2 0.1

Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)

1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.8 1.2 1.1 0.7 0.3 0.1

Leisure and sports

18.0 21.5 24.7 27.4 29.7 31.5 35.0 43.4 51.8 52.7 40.4 21.7

Socializing and communicating

3.0 3.6 4.3 5.0 5.4 6.0 6.3 6.9 6.8 5.9 4.3 2.6

Watching television

6.9 8.4 9.4 10.4 11.9 13.4 17.0 23.9 31.8 34.1 26.0 12.8

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

1.7 1.7 1.7 2.0 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 1.6 1.0 0.6 0.3

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

0.8 0.8 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.7 1.8 1.5 0.9

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.3

Footnotes:
(1) Activities refers to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included. All major activity categories (the activity names that are not indented) include related travel time.
(2) These data are a snapshot of the activities persons were doing at the time indicated. At each time of day, the major activity categories sum to 100 percent (sums may not be exact due to rounding).
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over. For technical information about the American Time Use Survey, see the ATUS User's Guide.
Source: American Time Use Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Last Modified Date: October 29, 2008