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Data Retrieval: American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
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Table 8C. Time spent in primary activities for the civilian population 18 years and over by presence and age of youngest household child and sex, annual averages, not employed
Activity Average hours per day spent in primary activities
Household child under 18 No household
children under 18
Total Youngest
child under 6
child 6 to 17
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

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(3)


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.
(3) Estimates include a small amount of work time done by persons who do not meet the American Time Use Survey definition for employed.

NOTE: A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.


Last Modified Date: May 18, 2015