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How Americans spend their days

Last updated on: June 27, 2012 07:55 IST

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Sleeping accounts for more than a third of the average American's day, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics' latest time use survey.

Let's take a look at how Americans spend their time.

NOTE: Average hours per day; aged 15 years and above

Source: The Economist

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Image: A view of the downtown area Los Angeles.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Sleeping

Men: 8.10 minutes

Women: 8.21 minutes

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Image: A woman sleeps on a table, a day before Thanksgiving, at the Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
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Working

Men: 4.10 minutes

Women: 3.50 minutes

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Image: ArcelorMittal Mill employees Ed Goans stands with his daughter Kathleen Wilmink, as a ArcelorMittal train passes by, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Watching TV

Men: 2.50 minutes

Women: 2.30 minutes

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Image: A man looks at a flat screen television at a Best Buy store in Flushing, New York.
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Eating and drinking

Men: 1 hour

Women: 40 minutes

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Image: Cars drive past the signs of restaurants along a busy street in Los Angeles.
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Socialising and communicating

Men: 20 minutes

Women: 30 minutes

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Personal care

Men: 10 minutes

Women: 20 minutes

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Image: A salon Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Purchasing goods and services

Men: 10 minutes

Women: 25 minutes

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Image: A woman shops for groceries at a Whole Foods supermarket in New York.
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Sports and exercises

Men: 10 minutes

Women: 5 minutes

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Image: A jogger and his pit bull run along the snow-covered Brooklyn Promenade, across the East River from Manhattan, New York.
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Helping household members

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 15 minutes

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Image: Pablo Martinez cleans up mud in front of his home in Mamaroneck, New York.
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Cooking

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 20 minutes

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Image: Cooking hot dogs in New York.
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Organisational, civic and religious activities

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 10 minutes

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Image: Congregants sing a hymn during a church service at Marble Collegiate Church New York.
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Housework:

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 25 minutes

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Image: A woman does housework.
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Garden

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 5 minutes

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Image: Braham Amadi and Nikki Henderson pose in a community garden behind a low-income housing development in Oakland, California.
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Helping non-household members

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 5 minutes

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Image: Tomato farmer Tim Battles looks over his growing crop in Oneonta, Alabama.
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Telephone calls, mail and email

Men: 5 minutes

Women: 8 minutes

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Other

Men: 3 hours

Women: 2. 40 minutes


Image: A view of the Times Square in New York.
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