Saturday, September 5, 2009

How Americans Carpe Their Diems

This is not reallya map. Or maybe you could say it's a kind of time-map. But whatever, I'm posting it anyways:

how americans spend their days

From the NY Times, it shows how Americans spend their days. It's based on the American Time Use Survey, which asked thousands of people to record how they spent every minute of the day. It, if interacted with, breaks down into demographic sub-categories for potentially many minutes of data-representational fun. The Times observes some things:

  • The average American spends 2/3 of their day sleeping, eating, working, and watching TV
  • Unemployed people spend more than two hours a day doing laundry and yard work
  • People who aren't in the labor force watch four hours of TV a day
  • Hispanics are as likely as whites to be eating at noon, but whites are much more likely than Hispanics to be eating at 6:30
I also notice that at 8:50pm, 39% of Americans are watching TV; at no time are more than 33% working. And at no time are more than 7% of people socializing. That seems low!

H/t to CC.


Anonymous said...


Richard said...

The labor force participation rate is around 66%, but of course, children and those over 65 aren't usually considered part of the labor pool. The dependency ratio of the US is 51/100, so roughly 2/3rds of the population are in the potential labor pool. 2/3 * 2/3 = 4/9 = 44%, and of course, not everyone has a 9->5 job.

Matt Osborne said...

Judging by my hit counter, an awful lot of people are on the internet from 9-11 am and 1-9 pm. What does that say about the American workplace?

Matt Osborne said...

Oh, BTW... I dropped by to let you know about a map:

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Does anybody else hate this kind of chart? I always find it difficult to figure out what percentage is doing what.

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