With the fall TV season starting, it might be good to think about which TV shows you actually want to watch. Kate and Marianne point out in Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere that watching TV encourages you to compare your body to the people on TV – who with very few exceptions are underweight and fat-shaming, or fat-shaming commercials. I’m not saying you should give up something you love, but you could mute commercials or turn it off if there’s not something on that you do love and gain a bit more time to do things you do want to do.
Based on the The American Time Use Survey comes this widget that lets you see how Americans use their day on average. Clicking on a category, like Work, gives you more information about it; clicking on a group (employed, unemployed, not in labor force, etc) shows the data just for that group. I get so lost in this thing ;) Some examples:
- The Other Leisure category includes reading for personal interest and playing games, including computer games, and averages about 45 minutes a day. (I average more.)
- The Personal Care category also averages 45 minutes a day, and includes showering, grooming, and “an average of 54 seconds spent on ”personal or private activities,’ like having sex.”
- Socializing — talking with friends or family or attending parties — averages a little less than 45 minutes a day. “Phone calls” with friends and family is a separate category and averages 8 minutes a day.
- TV and Movies averages 2 hours and 45 minutes, though some of that could be combined with socializing. For men it’s an average of 3 hours, for women it’s an average of 2:32.
- Computer Use, which includes surfing and updating blogs (but not computer games) averages 8 minutes a day…which seems really really low to me. Maybe I’m weird? ;)
- Household Activities clocks in a 1 hr 46 minutes overall, with women spending more time on it than men (2:11 vs 1:19).
Oh, and with flu coming around again, it appears that data actually supports the notion that getting less sleep impairs the immune system.