How we spend our time

The most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics concerning how we Americans spend our time are interesting.  Looking at households with persons aged 25 – 54 with at least one child under the age of 18, the average numbers are:


Working                     8.2

Sleeping                      7.6

Leisure and sports      2.6

Other                          2.4

Caring for others        1.1

Eating and drinking   1.1

Household activities   1.0

Total                            24.0

According to these numbers, we spend 15.8 hours each day between work and sleep.  That is nearly 2/3rds of our life spent in a less-than-fully-conscious state!  Though the sleeping number seems high to me, I suspect the sum of these two is accurate.  Striking to me is what little time we devote to our families and ourselves.  Statistics such as these serve to illustrate the great importance of a safe and equitable workplace.