Americans Spend More Time Shopping Than Socializing

  • By Sally French, MarketWatch
  • August 05, 2015

Americans spend 42 minutes each day on average spending money. And the amount of time spent “socializing and communicating”? Just 35 minutes.

It gets better on the weekends though. Although time spent buying things goes up to 50 minutes per day on weekends and holidays, Americans spend 62 minutes per day socializing.

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That’s the latest result of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual “American Time Use Survey.” The survey is based on annual average data from the American Time Use Survey about how individuals age 15 and over spend their time.

As far as sports and volunteering goes? Forget about it. The average American spends 18 minutes per day participating in sports, exercise and recreation, and just 9 minutes per day volunteering.

Here’s a guide to the top 10 ways the average American spends their day, according to the BLS:

Sleeping: 8 hours and 48 minutes
Working: 5 hours and 18 minutes
Watching television: 3 hours and 36 minutes
Eating and drinking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Purchasing goods and services: 45 minutes
Socializing and communicating: 43 minutes
Food preparation and cleanup: 36 minutes
Housework: 33 minutes
Caring for and helping household members: 32 minutes
Educational activities: 24 minutes

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