Busy States of America
What the Nation is Doing Now
Everyday we fill our time with a mix of activities from work and chores to socializing with friends and relaxing on the couch.
Are you eating right now? About to call a friend?
Find out how many of your fellow Americans are engaged in selected everyday tasks at this very moment.
People spend an extra 12 minutes eating and drinking on weekends and holidays.
Average time spent shopping is 45 mins per day.
The busiest times of the day to work are at 10am and 2pm.
The majority of Americans do their chores around 6pm, right after work.
Between 8 and 9 pm 1/3 of Americans are watching TV.
Men spend twice as much time as women on sports and exercise.
Teenagers spend more time studying throughout the day than any other group.
Americans spend the most time with their families between lunch and dinner, from 12 pm to 6 pm.
caring for non-household members
Whether it's helping out the neighbors or taking care of elderly relatives, Americans spend an average of 4 hours helping members of other households.
Mornings are a popular time for Americans to engage in volunteer work and other religious, organizational and civic activities.
On average, Americans socialize the most with their friends and acquaintances between 6 and 8 pm.
doing leisure activities
Americans spend most of their evenings after work on leisure activities, whether it's reading, relaxing or taking part in other hobbies.
corresponding by phone or mail
On average, Americans spend 10 minutes on writing snail mail and e-mails, and making phone calls.
Americans engaging in other, unspecified activities
A Typical American Day
Sleep takes up a large portion of everyone's time, but it's in the waking life that really differentiates us.
For instance, watch education evolve into work and then finally into leisure as we age.
Or see which gender plays the largest role in household activities.
With data collected from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, you see the demographic divisions in everyday American life.
Read more about the typical American daily routine in our article.
Sleeping and other personal care
Caring for and helping household members
Caring for and helping non-household members
Source: American Time Use Survey, 2013. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Inspired by: How Different Groups Spend Their Day, 2009. New York Times.
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