How American People Spend Their Time


Everybody knows that Americans are always busy — yet busy with doing what?

This infographic is exploring amounts of time they spend on eating, sleeping, drinking, working, doing household chores, buying goods or services, watching TV, and all that sort of things. If you want to learn everything about how the average American spends his or her time during the day, just keep on reading.

The infographic is actually based on The American Time Use Survey (ATUS), The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures how much time people are spending on activities such as watching TV, (paid) work, volunteering. childcare, or socializing.

Regarding their work, Americans are working the most hours on Tuesdays. This may also be the reason why Americans experience the most difficulty to fall asleep on Tuesdays.

On average, Americans are working some 4.5 (four and a half) hours per day Mondays through Fridays. On Saturdays, they will be working  about one third of that time, and on Sundays, even less. This mix is including all adults of 15 years of age and above, so whereas it may at first come across as inaccurate or at least a bit confusing, you will realize it is not for that reason. The mix includes retired people, unemployed individuals, students, as well as every working person throughout the nation.

Sleeping. The average American sleeps some 8.5 (eight and a half) hours on weekdays (Mondays through Fridays), some 9 hours on Saturday, and even a bit longer on Sundays. The average time spent on leisure runs some 4 hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, while a little more leisure time is taken on Mondays and Fridays. As you could expect, these is increased time spent on leisure on Saturdays and Sundays, and the survey indicate that on those days, some 6 hours per day are dedicated to leisure activities.

Working around the house. The average American spends just slightly under 2 hours per day on working around the house at weekdays, but over 2 hours on weekend days. On all 7 days in the week, the average American will spend around one hour per day on traveling. You can find more of these generalities on the above listed website.

The BLS (Department of Labor) broke down these data even further. I’ll give you a few specific examples.

The average American will spend around 4 hours & 12 minutes on work on Tuesdays. On Fridays, they will be working for only 3 hours & 52 minutes on average. The BLS minute details are show that the American will take a little longer to get asleep on Tuesdays than on any other  night of the week. It takes over 4 minutes for people to fall asleep on Tuesdays, while it will take them only some 2.5 (two and a half) minutes to do so on Fridays, which is actually the easiest night for the average American to fall asleep. It seems like Friday night is the time that they don’t need to be thinking about rigorous work schedules or weekdays’ responsibilities.

Chores such as doing laundry are also described in detail in the survey. If you want to avoid the crowd at the local laundromat, the best time to come is on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, you it will take you around 8 minutes on average. The busiest time for doing laundry is at the weekends. On Saturdays, some 12 minutes are needed for laundry on Sundays even a little bit more. On Mondays, people will do their laundry more than on other weekdays, so now you know, you can plan accordingly.

In the same way, you can do your grocery shopping best on Wednesdays if you want to avoid crowds. This is thee day that people will spend the least time on grocery shopping, namely just about 5 minutes on average. Next are Mondays and Tuesdays when the average American is spending just a bit more time on shopping. As these days Lead into the weekend, Thursdays & Fridays are more busy shopping days, but by far the most shopping is done on Saturdays when the average American will spend some 8.5 (eight and a half) minutes on shopping. On Sundays, they will spend some 7 minutes on this activity.

Then as for how much time the average American sits around filling his or her pie-hole, the survey shows that they are spending quite some time on eating & drinking. Mondays through Thursdays, the average American spends some 60 to 65 minutes per day on eating & drinking. On Fridays, that number of minutes will increase to 70, and on weekend days, that number increases even slightly more.

The survey indicates that people are spending around 20 hours a week on TV watching. This may sound a little strange to all those who always say that there isn’t anything good to be found there so don’t watch it at all, but the average American spends 2.5 (two and a half) hours in front of the TV on Mondays through Fridays. On Saturdays, they will spend a little over 3 hours on that activity, and on Sundays, quite incredibly, they will spend some 3.5 (three and a half) hours in front of the television.

Regarding personal grooming (things like showering, hair-do, and makeup), the survey shows that there is hardly any difference during the week. Each day, regardless of weekend or not, the average American spends some 40 minutes grooming themselves. It is just on Saturdays that that number of minutes drops to around 38 minutes.

Regarding the time spent on religious activities, the study indicates that the average American will spend around 5 (five) minutes per day on religious activities on Mondays through Fridays. This might implicate that there’s much power-praying occurring on weekdays. On Saturdays the average time spent on these activities increases to 7 (seven) minutes, while on Sundays, the time they spend on these activities jumps to some 32 (thirty two) minutes. As we could expect are Sundays the biggest days for all kinds of religious activities.

Despite all the things Americans need to do within their limited time, they are still finding enough time for their socializing activities. However, nowadays they are not spending so much time any more on socializing. On Mondays through Fridays, they are spending some 30 minutes per day on these activities, with the least time spent on Tuesdays. As you will remember is Tuesday the day that the average American also works the longest hours, so this makes sense. On Fridays, they are socializing around 40 minutes, while on Saturdays & Sundays, they will be socializing more, yet still no more than one hour per day. Saturday statistics show that they socialize for some 55 minutes on average whereas on Sundays, they will spend some 50 minutes on these activities.

When regarding all leisure-related activities combined (exercising, watching TV, socializing, and so on) the survey showed that Americans who live in a house without children in the age group 0 – 18, are spending  spent about 4.5 (four and a half) hours per day on leisure-related activities. Individuals who live in a house with a child under 6 will spend some 3.5 (three and a half hours per day on leisure activities. And it was also demonstrated that, no matter what the household situation, each individual person older than 15 involved with the research study was spending some part of their days on social activities. And just in case you care, it took you probably around 4.2. minutes of your leisure time to be able to read through this article.