American Time Use Survey - 2011 Results
The data was collected by phone on about 12,500 individuals age 15 or older.
This was the first year they collected data on eldercare, that is, time spent providing unpaid care to someone over 65 "who needed help because of a condition related to aging." Almost 40 million people (39.8), 16% of the adult population, provided eldercare in the last 3 months. The majority of those (56%) were women. And when eldercare was provided, "persons spent an average of 3.1 hours providing this care."
While I was looking at the data, I created this chart of how American spend their time:
Source: Table 1. Time spent in primary activities. Hours a day:
Leisure/Sports (Includes TV/PC) 5.21
Personal Care 0.78
Buying (Goods, Services) 0.72
Food Prep/Cleanup 0.56
Education (Class and Study) 0.47
Religious/Civic Activities 0.35
There's so much to talk about here, but one figure jumped out. How much time does the average American spend each day on "food preparation and cleanup?" A little over half an hour (0.56 hours).
Women spent more time doing it than men (0.79 hours vs. 0.31 hours). But that's still an average; it blends together those who do no food prep with those that do. How many hours a day do people spend if they're the one doing it? ... a little over an hour (1.04).
How much time do you spend in a day preparing food and cleaning up?