Got Time?

One thing that we all could use more of is time. People these days are doing so much and time is always of essence. Instead of going to the pizza place to pick up a pizza, you can order it over the phone and have it delivered to your front door. Instead of staying late at work to send an email, you can head home or out and send the email from your phone. And most recently, instead of going to the bank to deposit a check, you can deposit it from anywhere via your phone. All of the things that I just mentioned save you precious time and that will definitely make you vey happy. When you add up the time spent in your daily routine over the years or your entire existence on this planet, the numbers can seem even larger than life.

The following statistics vary to some degree between official studies and research, but the results are staggering.

The Average American Will:
– Drive 789,000 miles in a lifetime — 9,100 hours commuting for work alone
– Walk 35,000 miles in a lifetime, equal to the distance from Paris to Shanghai and back — twice
– Talk 5,508 minutes a year on cell phones
– Watch 9 years of TV including 2,000,000 commercials
– Work 122,400 hours for the government in a lifetime
– Kissing — 2 weeks of our lifetime is spent kissing another person

Americans spend more time watching TV, listening to the radio, surfing the Internet and reading newspapers than anything else except breathing.

– Talking on Cell Phones:
What is the average time Americans spend on cell phones yearly? Average monthly usage is around 459 minutes. Multiply that by 12 and you get 5,508 minutes, or about 91.8 hours.

– Eating:
According to 2006 ATUS and Module data Americans age 15 and older spent 67 minutes on an average day in ‘primary’ eating and drinking beverages — that is as a self-reported main activity.

– Internet:
US internet users spent less time online in January 2010 than December 2009, but did more with the time they spent, according to The Nielsen Company.

– Television:
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day — or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching a year. In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 yrs. glued to the tube.

– Working:
The average American aged 15 or older spent 3 hours, 11 minutes a day working in 2009, according to the American Time Use Survey released by the

So what did people do with that extra time? Maybe something productive? Nope, that’s not true. Get ready for this — Americans are watching more television and sleeping more. Time spent in front of the television rose by 12 minutes in the two years through 2009. Sleep increased by 6 minutes to 8 hours, 40 minutes a day.

Working (by Employed People):
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2009, employed people worked an average of 7.5 hours on the days they worked. More hours were worked, on average, on weekdays than on weekend days — 7.9 hours compared with 5.0 hours. 83% of employed people worked on an average weekday, compared with 35% on an avg. weekend day.

On an average day in 2009, nearly everyone age 15 and over spent time in some sort of leisure activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising. Men spent more time (5.8 hours) than women (5.1 hours). Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time — accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for those ages 15 and over. Socializing, such as visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events, was the next most common leisure activity, accounting for nearly 45 minutes a day. Men were more likely than women to participate in sports, exercise, or recreation on any given day — 21% compared with 16%.

No matter what your daily routine, the likelihood that there is something that can be changed in order to give you more time to do whatever you want is very great. Take a few minutes from your busy schedule to assess what you might be able to change in order to obtain a little extra time.

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