How People Spend Their Time

Here’s an amazing interactive infopron graph from the New York Times, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey(hat tip to DRZ)


Some interesting things we learn from this data:

  • At 8:30 a.m., more than 20 percent of the adults living with one child are asleep, compared with 15 percent of those living with two or more children.
  • On average, the unemployed spend about a half-hour looking for work. They tidy the house, do laundry and yard work for more than two hours, about an hour more than the employed.
  • Employed and unemployed people both average over an hour of travel per day. Travel related to working takes up 16 minutes of  the average day (or about a fifth of this time). Among people who do travel for work in a day, 25 percent spend more than an hour.
  • The amount to time one can spend surfing data, especially when presented in animated, drill-down interactive graphs, is seemingly endless.

The story told from the group averages is not as interesting as the story told from more particular situations, such as how first born children receive 20-30 minutes more “quality time” from parents than other children, or how on rainy days, men typically spend 30 more minutes at work.  These are major modern myth-memes in the making!


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Posted on August 1, 2009, in Analytics, Information Design. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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