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Data Retrieval: American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
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Table 2. Time spent in primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 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, all activities(1)





Personal care activities


Eating and drinking

Household activities


Food preparation and cleanup

Lawn and garden care

Household management

Purchasing goods and services

Consumer goods purchases

Professional and personal care services

Caring for and helping household members

Caring for and helping household children

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

Working and work-related activities


Educational activities

Attending class

Homework and research

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

Religious and spiritual activities

Volunteering (organizational and civic activities)

Leisure and sports

Socializing and communicating

Watching television

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

(1) All major activity categories include related travel time.
(2) 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: May 18, 2015