American Time Use Survey

Telephone Calls, Mail, and E-mail

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail captures communication by telephone, mail, and e-mail. For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail on weekdays and weekend days in 2013

Time spent engaged in telephone calls, mail, and e-mail (1) and percent of the civilian population engaged in these activities, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2013 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, telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

.16 .13 21.9 17.1 .71 .75

Telephone calls (to or from)

.10 .09 13.2 11.5 .76 .77

Household and personal messages

.05 .04 11.8 7.2 .44 .52

Household and personal mail and messages

.02 .01 6.0 2.9 .27 .31

Household and personal e-mail and messages

.03 .03 6.5 4.7 .54 .61

Travel related to telephone calls

~0 ~0 .9 .5 .46 (2)

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to time spent engaged in telephone calls, mail, and e-mail as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2)Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-2: Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex on weekdays and weekends, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail done by men and women in 2013

Time spent engaged in telephone calls, mail, and e-mail (1) and percent of the civilian population engaged in these activities, averages per day by sex, 2013 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
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total, telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

.15 .10 .19 20.4 15.2 25.3 .72 .64 .77

Telephone calls (to or from)

.10 .06 .14 12.7 8.2 16.9 .76 .67 .80

Household and personal messages

.05 .04 .06 10.4 8.2 12.4 .45 .46 .45

Household and personal mail and messages

.01 .01 .02 5.1 3.8 6.2 .28 .27 .28

Household and personal e-mail and messages

.03 .03 .04 5.9 4.8 7.0 .55 .57 .54

Travel related to telephone calls

~0 ~0 ~0 .8 .7 .8 .49 (2) .45

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to time spent engaged in telephone calls, mail, and e-mail as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2)Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Last Modified Date: June 18, 2014

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