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How Would You Spend an Extra Hour in Your Day?

How Would You Spend an Extra Hour in Your Day?

High unemployment rates mean the average time Americans spend working went down 17 minutes between 2007 and 2009, prompting an inevitable question: How do Americans spend their free time? Spanish immersion travel?

No. That takes money. The extra downtime is spent sleeping and watching TV, and that's not even counting the multitaskers who do both simultaneously. Time spent in front of the TV rose 12 minutes to two hours and 49 minutes a day while sleep picked up six minutes, rising to eight hours and 40 minutes a day.

How else do we spend our time? The Wall Street Journal laid it all out in a graph: Americans spend the least amount of free time on sports and exercise, and the most on the Internet and playing computer games, with the exception of miscellaneous leisure activities.

If I had an extra hour in my day, I like to think I'd spend it learning French, growing herbs, or sewing something — basically assuming another identity — but an hour isn't very long, so I'd probably spend it on the Internet. Maybe I'd even watch TV while there! What about you?

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AntiBarbie AntiBarbie 7 years
reading. definitely
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I'd like to spend it in a scalding hot bath reading a book, but just every second I have to myself is spent cleaning. A messy house is a depressing house to me.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- catch up on reading.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
If I got to choose when the hour fell, I'd stick it in the middle of the night and get more sleep. I love sleeping. It's my favorite thing. If it was a waking hour, maybe I'd extend Missy Puppy's walks by half an hour in the morning and at night. Or I'd spend it cleaning house.
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 7 years
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Oh, what I would do just for one extra hour to get my lesson plans and everything else I need for the summer tutoring program done just one hour earlier. Then maybe I could go to bed at a reasonable hour. But, without the summer program, I'll admit that I would probably use that hour on reading, internet, or television. I don't need to exercise any more than I already do (and I don't have a problem fitting it in to my schedule when I'm on my regular schedule), so I'd probably use it for some type of leisure activity.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I complain about not having enough time to do stuff, all the while I'm incredibly unproductive with the time I have. If I had another hour I would spend it in a sketch book.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
If I had an hour every day, sadly I'd probably sleep in or I'd somehow spend it cleaning or running errands...but I would love to think i would use it to work out, since I always fail to have time for that.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
I'd spend it reading or taking a leisurely stroll. When I have "extra" or free time it is spent reading (preferably outside) or brushing up on my Spanish. I would say exercise but I already do that almost an hour every day and I don't want to over do it.
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