How much time Americans waste on the daily grind each year
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Not-so-fun fact: The average American worker spends 84% of their year on the daily grind. That stat is based on numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census. Our biggest time suck? Sleeping (134 days), followed all-too-closely by working (120 days) and cleaning house, which accounts for almost a full month of our year.
In other words, we all need to get out more. Check out how much time a year Americans spend on each aspect of their daily grind below.
Commuting: 9.4 days The average American commutes 52 minutes per day or 225 hours a year.
Working: 120 days The average employed American works 7.9 hours a day or 2,883 hours a year.
Cleaning house: 27.4 days The average American spends 1.8 hours a day or 657 hours a year doing household chores.
Exercising: 4.9 days The average American spends 0.32 hour a day or 117 hours a year on exercise, sports or recreation.
Sleeping: 134 days The average American sleeps 8.8 hours a day or 3,212 hours a year
Taking care of their family: 7.9 days The average American spends .52 hours a day or 190 hours a year caring for their family.
Calling, mailing & emailing: 2.4 days The average American spends .16 hours a day or 58 hours a year on telephone calls, mail or email.
Total: 306 days a year 84% of your year on the daily grind
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Source: Most of the data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 American Time Use Survey, which asked Americans how many hours a day they spent on common obligations or activities. Commuter data comes the U.S. Census 2016 American Community Survey. We calculated time sent per year using the average amount of daily hours spent by all Americans for almost every category. Work hours are based on the average amount of hours a day employed Americans spent on the job.
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