Stats – Hours Per Week

I found a neat report on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website which outlines how people spend various hours of their day. I thought it would be neat to make a little comparison tool for this, to compare how you spend your hours to the “average US citizen.” So here it is. Here’s a brief description of each field and how it works:

  • Activity is the name of the activity. “–” means it’s a sub-activity of the previous activity, so ideally, each parent activity will have at least as many hours listed as the sum of the child activities.
  • # Hours is how many hours, per week, that YOU do the particular activity. You don’t have to be fully engaged while you’re doing this activity because…
  • % Dedication indicates how engaged you are (as a percentage, 0-100) to the particular activity. If you’re 100% engaged in sleeping when you sleep, for example, you can enter 100 here. If you multi-task for many activities, you’ll enter lower percentages for those activities.
  • How you compare indicates how you compare to the average US citizen. A value of “1” here would indicate you do this activity exactly as much as the average citizen, while a value of .5 would indicate you do the activity half as much and a value of 2 would indicate you do the activity twice as much.


Activity # Hours % Dedication (0-100) How you compare
Personal Care Activities
— Sleeping
Eating and drinking
Household activities
— Housework
— Food preparation and cleanup
— Lawn and garden care
— Household management
Purchasing goods and services
— Consumer goods and 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
— Working
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
Television calls, mail, and e-mail
Other activities, not elsewhere classified

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