by Jodi Summers
story is good for cocktail party conversation. Check out these results
of the 2011 American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
as they compare to the Â stats from 2007. Life has changed considerable
since the days before the Great Recession < now it has been
Fewer men at work: Only 50% of men aged 15 or older worked on an average day in 2011, down from 54% in 2007.
- More sleep: With more people out of work, average sleep time increased from 8.57 to 8.71 hours per night.
- More home cooking: The percentage of people who participated in food
preparation and cleanup on an average day grew from 51 to 53%.
- More schooling: The percentage of people aged 15 or older who
attended classes or did homework on an average day climbed from 7.9 to
- Fewer watching TV: The percentage of people who watch TV on an
average day fell by more than 1 percentage point between 2007 and
2011--from 79.5 to 78.3%. Among those who watched TV on an average day,
however, viewing time grew from 3.30 to 3.51 hours.
- Fewer caring for kids: As births fell from their 2007 peak, the
share who care for household children on an average day fell by a full
percentage point--from 21.8 to 20.8%.