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Watching television most popular leisure activity for Americans

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Despite all the options Americans have they still spend most of their leisure time watching television.  If you’re 15 years or older, you were eyeballing the small tube 2.8 hours per day in 2013. That’s what the latest stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  discovered. The data appears in the latest  American Time Use Survey.

The second most popular leisure time activity — socializing with friends or attending social events. That accounted for 43 minutes of the average American’s day.

The fitness craze and all that talk of exercising for good health has had some impact. Men spent the most time in sports or exercise. Twenty-one percent of males indulged in some kind of physical workout daily compared to 16 percent of women.  However, those that did workout did so for at least an hour. This figures indicate there is more talk that exercise going on in the daily lives of most Americans.

Time spent reading, playing games or using computers depended a lot on age. Those folks 75 or older average an hour of reading per weekend day and 20 minutes playing games or using a computer. While those 15 to 19 read for an average of 4 minutes per weekend day and spent 52 minutes playing games or using a computer.

The American Time Use Survey shows “… the average amount of time per day in 2013 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities.”

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