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Data Retrieval: American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
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Table A-2B. Time spent in detailed primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, annual averages, men
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, all activities



Personal care activities



Health-related self care

Personal activities

Travel related to personal care

Eating and drinking

Eating and drinking

Travel related to eating and drinking

Household activities


Interior cleaning


Storing interior household items, including food

Food preparation and cleanup

Food and drink preparation

Kitchen and food cleanup

Lawn and garden care

Household management

Financial management

Household and personal organization and planning

Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

Animals and pets

Care for animals and pets, not veterinary care

Walking, exercising, and playing with animals


Appliances, tools, and toys

Travel related to household activities

Purchasing goods and services

Consumer goods purchases

Grocery shopping

Professional and personal care services

Financial services and banking

Medical and care services

Personal care services

Household services

Home maintenance, repair, decoration, and construction (not done by self)

Vehicle maintenance and repair services (not done by self)

Government services

Travel related to purchasing goods and services

Caring for and helping household members

Caring for and helping household children

Caring for and helping household children (except activities related to education and health)

Physical care for household children

Reading to and with household children

Talking with and listening to household children

Playing with household children, not sports

Attending household children's events

Activities related to household children's education

Helping household children with homework

Activities related to household children's health

Caring for and helping household adults

Caring for household adults

Physical care for household adults

Helping household adults

Travel related to caring for and helping household members

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

Caring for and helping nonhousehold children

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

Caring for nonhousehold adults

Helping nonhousehold adults

Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members

Working and work-related activities


Work-related activities

Other income-generating activities

Job search and interviewing

Travel related to work

Educational activities

Attending class

Taking class for degree, certificate, or licensure

Homework and research

Travel related to education

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

Religious and spiritual activities

Attending religious services

Participating in religious practices

Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)

Volunteer activities

Administrative and support activities

Social service and care activities (except medical)

Indoor and outdoor maintenance, building, and cleanup activities

Participating in performance and cultural activities

Attending meetings, conferences, and training

Civic obligations and participation

Travel related to organizational, civic, and religious activities

Leisure and sports

Socializing, relaxing, and leisure

Socializing and communicating

Socializing and communicating (except social events)

Attending or hosting social events

Relaxing and leisure

Watching TV

Relaxing and thinking

Playing games

Computer use for leisure, excluding games

Reading for personal interest

Arts and entertainment (other than sports)

Sports, exercise, and recreation

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation


Attending sporting or recreational events

Travel related to leisure and sports

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

Telephone calls (to or from)

Household and personal messages

Household and personal mail and messages

Household and personal e-mail and messages

Travel related to telephone calls

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

(1) Not applicable.

NOTE: A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.


Last Modified Date: June 27, 2017