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A Day in the Life of an Average American

July 24, 2010

The workweek for average Americans has been growing steadily since 1950, when Washington believed a strong workforce would grow the economy and help the Americans in the Cold War against the Soviets. But now, almost two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the typical workweek of the American labor force continues to grow with no end in sight.

Most people hope that their average day would consist of about eight hours of sleep, eight hours of work, an hour or two of exercise and the remainder of their time spent relaxing, eating, hanging out with friends and family, traveling and generally enjoying life.

In reality, people spend their time much differently. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average American women and men spend their time surprisingly similarly—with the majority of their time spent on personal care, sleep and work. What all this means, is that Americans have little time in their lives for leisure activities, travel, spending time with friends and family and actually enjoying life.

The average American spends more than nine hours engaged in personal care, more than eight hours sleeping, roughly seven hours at work and the rest of their day spent engaged in sports and leisure activities, perched up in front of the television, eating and drinking, grooming, shopping and socializing.

But the average day for men and women is surprisingly very similar. The numbers don’t add up to 24 hours because it’s the average hours all Americans spend doing different activities.

An Average Day in the Life of an American Man
On average, men spend the majority of their time between three main activities: personal care, work and sleep. This translates to less and less time for family, friends, travel and other leisure activities. And despite a typical 40 hour work week, many Americans report putting in overtime hours just to complete their work. This is more and more common now, when many companies have had to layoff employees due to the economic recession. The result is that those left with jobs, have to scramble to make up for their former colleagues, putting in long hours to make up the work.

Men spend the majority of their time engaged in personal care (9+ hours)

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(8+ hours) is spent at work
They spend about (5+ hours) engaged in sports and leisure
(3+ hours) watching TV
(1+ hours) doing household activities
And the remainder of their time is divided between eating and drinking, relaxing, grooming, socializing and shopping.

An Average Day in the Life of an American Woman
Surprisingly, women spend their days very similarly to men. Women tend to spend about three hours less actually at work, but they make up for it by doing chores around the house, like cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children.

Women also spend the majority of their time engaged in personal care (9+ hours)
They spend a similar amount of time sleeping (8+ hours)
(5+ hours) at work or engaged in work activities
(4+ hours) playing sports or engaged in leisurely activities
(2+ hours) glued to the tube
(2+ hours) going household activities
(2+ hours) eating and drinking

And the remainder of their time relaxing, shopping, doing housework, grooming, socializing, cooking and caring for the children.

The work-life balance in the United States is attributed by some to the Truman Administration in the 1950s. Beginning in 1950, and continuing on from there, it is said that President Truman led America to become the first industrialized nation to permanently renounce a reduction of work time. As the Cold War waged on between the US and the Soviet Union, the authors of the National Security Council Document 68 proposed that Washington undertake a program of massive permanent national economic expansion. This, many believed, would help contain the Soviets. But even after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, America continued this policy. As a result, the vast majority of Americans (75.3 percent) work 35 hours or more, while most Americans working full time clock in 42 hour weeks. Furthermore, about 24 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours, meaning less time for things like family, friends, travel and other leisure activities.

This live-to-work, rather than work-to-live, mentality has tended to result in a high GDP growth rate and a strong economy for America as compared to many of its counterparts in Europe and South America for example, but has infringed upon other aspects of life within the American family.

strong economy for America as compared to many of its counterparts in Europe and South America for example, but has infringed upon other aspects of life within the American family.

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