Okay – let me make this very clear about the following statement. I do not believe it.
I think the best use of my tax money is to track how Americans spend their time.
Yet, the government does exactly that. Don’t believe me, just go to: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm
And there you will see it. “American Time Use Survey -2007.”
So the government is spending its time and money to see how we spend our time? Fascinating. Okay not really, it is a bit scary. And I am still trying to figure out why we need such a survey.
But, to be fair, it is interesting reading. Highlights or lowlights of the report, depending on your viewpoint include:
Did you know that the average person works more hours on weekdays than the weekend? I was stunned too. The report notes that “Employed persons worked … longer on weekdays than on weekend days– 7.9 versus 5.6 hours “
It gets better. The report also discovered that most people work on weekdays. It said “83 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday compared with 36 percent on an average weekend day.”
How did I live so long without knowing that this report existed? Yes, my life was empty. I never would have discovered, “On an average day, 83 percent of women and 66 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.”
And do I really need the government to do a study that finds, and I know this will be shocking, that finds: “On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework–such as cleaning or doing laundry–compared with 52 percent of women. ” Now if that is not a revelation, I don’t know what is!
Okay, I promise, this next one is directly from the report. And it must have some value, I just can’t figure out why my tax money was spent to reveal that, “On an average day, nearly everyone age 15 and over (96 percent) engaged in some sort of leisure activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising. “
You will never guess what the survey uncovered next. Hold onto your hat: “Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for both men and women.” Makes you think they were peeking in your windows. Talk about great research skills.
Another blockbuster, “Men were more likely than women to participate in sports, exercise, or recreation on any given day–21 versus 16 percent “
And here’s a new flash. “On an average day, adults age 75 and over spent 7.8 hours engaged in leisure activities–more than any other age group.” Gosh do you think it could be called RETIREMENT.
And in case you wondered. Kids play more videogames than senior citizens. The study noticed that anyone over 75 might spend 20 minutes using a computer for leisure or playing games, while a teenager spends at least 47 minutes Then, of course, he goes to his X-box and spends another 8 hours. How did the survey miss that?
Look I have to go lie down. Hmm – how did the government miss that? The time we all spend napping. But I really must go lie down. The drama, the suspense, the unexpected information I found in this report was just too much for my delicate system to handle.
But I will go to sleep knowing my tax monies are well spent.