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Table 2. Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages

Table 2. Time spent in primary activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in each
activity, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                              
                                                    Average hours per    Average percent    Average hours per 
                                                      day, civilian       engaged in the   day for persons who
                                                        population       activity per day     engaged in the  
                                                                                                activity     
                     Activity                                                                                 
                                                                                                              
                                                              Weekends            Weekends            Weekends
                                                    Weekdays    and    Weekdays     and     Weekdays    and   
                                                              holidays            holidays            holidays
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                              
Total, all activities (2).........................    24.00     24.00     ---       ---        ---       ---   
                                                                                                              
  Personal care activities........................     9.21     10.13    100.0      99.9       9.21     10.13 
     Sleeping.....................................     8.45      9.39     99.9      99.9       8.45      9.41 
  Eating and drinking.............................     1.19      1.39     96.0      95.8       1.24      1.45 
  Household activities............................     1.59      2.08     73.0      75.3       2.19      2.77 
     Housework....................................      .54       .74     33.4      37.5       1.62      1.96 
     Food preparation and cleanup.................      .51       .56     53.4      50.5        .96      1.11 
     Lawn and garden care.........................      .16       .23      9.5      10.5       1.71      2.19 
     Household management.........................      .12       .15     16.2      16.5        .72       .91 
  Purchasing goods and services...................      .68       .81     40.9      42.5       1.67      1.91 
     Consumer goods purchases.....................      .30       .48     36.0      41.2        .83      1.16 
     Professional and personal care services......      .10       .03      9.1       3.3       1.13       .92 
  Caring for and helping household members........      .54       .44     26.3      20.4       2.06      2.15 
     Caring for and helping household children....      .42       .37     21.7      17.3       1.93      2.12 
  Caring for and helping nonhousehold members.....      .17       .21     10.9      11.8       1.55      1.76 
     Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults...      .05       .07      7.1       7.8        .75       .90 
  Working and work-related activities.............     4.49      1.29     53.3      21.9       8.43      5.91 
     Working......................................     4.06      1.15     51.1      20.2       7.95      5.69 
  Educational activities..........................      .63       .20      9.9       5.3       6.36      3.72 
     Attending class..............................      .39       .02      7.5        .6       5.24      2.81 
     Homework and research........................      .17       .16      6.8       4.7       2.54      3.47 
  Organizational, civic, and religious activities       .22       .55     11.3      19.7       1.98      2.79 
     Religious and spiritual activities...........      .07       .33      6.1      15.9       1.23      2.05 
     Volunteering (organizational and civic                                                                   
   activities)....................................      .12       .15      6.0       6.1       1.97      2.50 
  Leisure and sports..............................     4.85      6.57     96.0      96.9       5.06      6.78 
     Socializing and communicating................      .61      1.05     35.8      40.4       1.71      2.61 
     Watching television..........................     2.58      3.42     79.3      81.8       3.26      4.18 
     Participating in sports, exercise, and                                                                   
   recreation.....................................      .30       .37     20.0      17.7       1.50      2.11 
  Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail...............      .16       .13     21.2      16.5        .78       .81 
  Other activities, not elsewhere classified......      .25       .21     14.7      12.7       1.71      1.64 
     
  1 A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not
included. 
  2 All major activity categories include related travel time. See Technical Note for activity category
definitions.
  - Not applicable.
  NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.



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Last Modified Date: June 20, 2013
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