Snapshot of how Americans spend their time

sleep10.jpgThey're spending more of it at work and less of it watching television, according to the Labor Department's American Time Use Survey for 2011. They're also sleeping more - 8.71 hours per day, on average, the highest level since 2003. That's what happens when you're working more. Some snippets:

--Among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women--8.3 hours compared with 7.8 hours.

--On an average day, 83 percent of women and 65 percent of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.

--On an average day, 19 percent of men did housework--such as cleaning or doing laundry--compared with 48 percent of women.

--Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day), accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for those age 15 and over.

--Individuals age 75 and over averaged 58 minutes of reading per weekend day. Those 15 to 19 read for an average of 7 minutes per weekend day.

--Adults living in households with children under age 6 spent an average of 2.0 hours per day providing primary childcare to household children.

--Among adults living in households with children under age 6, women spent 1.1 hours providing physical care (bathing or feeding); men spent 26 minutes.

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