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Source: NPR

Category: Digital Media, Employment

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14 Responses to “What Americans Do All Day Long”

  1. Arequipa01 says:

    Unless you’re a cop in LA, then you get together with four of your colleagues and stomp a woman to death. ‘Mericuh!

    http://boingboing.net/2012/08/31/woman-dies-after-police-kick-h.html

    Maybe it’s best not to click on this one. Just take some more soma. You’ll feel better.

  2. A says:

    Interesting how reading has almost reached a level of extinction.

  3. PeterR says:

    Good to have the site back at 4:33 PM EDT.

    Thanks again Barry for hosting such a fine and diverse group of authors and viewpoints! I hope your site was not under attack for a while this afternoon.

    Have a good long weekend.

  4. Iamthe50percent says:

    Reading 7 minutes, grooming 48 minutes. In my case, more like the other way around. Who were the subjects? Debutantes?

  5. TraderMark says:

    I notice no sex. Granted for many its 2 minutes a week but…

  6. ottnott says:

    Caring for children, elderly, etc., 34 minutes.

    That’s per hour, right?

  7. gfreedy says:

    Nope, can’t be good data. Where’s the two and a half hours per day of Facebook? Or maybe that’s done at work and why socializing and computer/internet is so low.

  8. Arequipa01 says:

    Maybe Americans should dedicate more time to figuring out how to discharge undischargeable student debt:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/01/business/shedding-student-loans-in-bankruptcy-is-an-uphill-battle.html

    One of the most brutal consequences of suppressing Marxist analysis* in the USA has been that the majority have no tools to contemplate and understand the superstructure within which they find themselves trapped.

    *Reading Das Kapital doesn’t magically convert you into a pinko commie…in the same sense that reading the Gospels doesn’t turn you into a Christian. Hell, Pat Robertson reads it over and over and still can’t understand the Sermon on the Mount. Or Georgie PorgiePuddingAndBush, who, despite accepting Jesus as his personal savior (now that is some astounding blasphemy), didn’t understand that using white phosphorous on the civilian population in Fallujah is not on the WWJD list. More kind of something you might find on Hitler’s list or Churchill’s, or Truman’s or Stalin’s or Mao’s.

  9. socaljoe says:

    That’s amazing… considering less than half the American population is employed.

  10. hotei13 says:

    @ Tradermark:

    Maybe “Other” is the sex category?

  11. A says:

    The 7 minutes of reading was the TV Guide.

  12. AnnaLee says:

    Well, it’s easy to visualize this as a single person. But, I don’t have children to care for and the one elderly (meaning older than me) is being cared for by two of the more than 15 of her descendants. As a retiree, I imagine most of my time can be considered leisure. So the first two balloons might just measure an approximate number of workers and number of non-workers. So parents might spend a lot of time with child care, even when it is shared leisure time. Oh well, you get my gist.

  13. number2son says:

    TraderMark, I noticed the same omission. Indeed, were the survey to account for how much time people think about sex, watch others having sex (thank you, Internet porn), and finally, actually have sex themselves (either solo or with one or more others involved), well then, I’m certain it would account for a sizable piece of the daily time pie.

  14. number2son says:

    Oh … and doesn’t anyone exercise anymore?