Study Reveals How Retirees Spend Their Time

Americans between ages 65 and 74 only spend about 1.7 hours more per day on leisure activities than the population as a whole, according to the most recent American Time Use Survey, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week.

How Americans Age 65 to 74 Spend Their Day in Hours

(Results for the total population age 15 and older are in parenthesis.)

  • –Personal care activities (including sleep) 9.67 (9.47)
  • –Watching TV 3.77 (2.52)
  • –Household activities 2.41 (1.79)
  • –Eating and drinking 1.42 (1.25)
  • –Working 1.15 (3.50)
  • –Purchasing goods and services 0.94 (0.75)
  • –Reading 0.62 (0.29)
  • –Socializing 0.59 (0.55)
  • –Relaxing and thinking 0.55 (0.28)
  • –Organizational, civic, and religious activities 0.52 (0.35)
  • –Leisure computer use 0.38 (0.39)
  • –Exercise 0.31 (0.29)
  • –Caring for non-household members 0.31 (0.21)
  • –Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail 0.23 (0.18)
  • –Caring for household members 0.11 (0.51)
  • –Education activities 0 (0.47)

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