Interesting Data: Work vs. Leisure

Here are some interesting data (10/08, n=1,010 US adults) from Harris on work vs. leisure and favorite leisure activities (comparing historical survey results):



And reading is the favorite leisure activity, with TV a fairly close second:


9 Responses to “Interesting Data: Work vs. Leisure”

  1. Will Scott Says:

    So, as I read this Southern, Independent Gen-Xers have the greatest # of hours in their week.

    2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

    I love the fact that the #s don’t sum up the same. Must mean that Echo Boomers sleep more.


  2. Greg Sterling Says:

    It’s unclear what the definition of “week” is. There are either 120 or 168 hours in the “week” and the missing hours must be “sleep.” But in many cases the numbers don’t add up.

  3. dan Says:

    everyone would figure this out on their own, but i assume 120 hours counts mon-fri only, while 168 counts 7 days. it would be interesting to see how many people work 2 or more jobs to get to 55+ hours

  4. Greg Sterling Says:

    Yes, that’s an interesting point not raised in the data: how many people are working more than one job?

  5. Malcolm Lewis Says:

    I wonder if surfing the web at the office counts as work or leisure?

    Also, the leisure activities here don’t reflect the post MySpace/Facebook world where “socializing with friends” and “computer activities” are one and the same. I imagine TV and computer activities are heading for the same merger, along with shopping and many other activities on this list.

    Interesting to see that the average American spends more time hunting than church activities.

  6. Greg Sterling Says:

    Based on the fact that this is self-reported there’s probably some “aspirational” elements and that it’s not entirely accurate.

    People are probably counting all time at work as “work” but time at home has now started to include work:

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