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How does the average American spend their weekend?

  • How does the average American spend their weekend?
    1/ U.S. Department of Agriculture // Flickr

    How does the average American spend their weekend?

    For most, Mondays are usually filled with one or more, “How was your weekend?” questions, which are generally answered with a generic response, such as, “Great, thanks!” or “Good, and yours?” It’s unlikely that many stop to assess how their Saturdays and Sundays measure up to the weekends of other Americans—especially not with a methodical, time-conscious breakdown.

    Studies show many Americans let their weekends get away from them, as a recent poll by Monster found that 76% of respondents suffer from the “Sunday night blues,” or a depression resulting from the imminence of the impending workweek. A more meticulously planned weekend may just help quell that end-of-weekend sadness. 

    Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker put together a list of the 40 activities that occupy the most time during the average American’s weekend. It is important to note that the ranking is based upon the average American’s weekend, which takes into account both those who engage in the activity and those who do not. In the event that two activities occupy the same amount of time on average, the activity that takes more time out of the weekends of those actually engaging in it was ranked higher.

    Read on to see how your typical weekend compares to that of the average American.

    Click here to see where the richest Americans go to vacation within the U.S.

  • #40. Attending sporting or recreational events
    2/ Keith Allison // Flickr

    #40. Attending sporting or recreational events

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.08
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 1.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 5.86

     

  • #39. Health-related self care
    3/ daveynin // Flickr

    #39. Health-related self care

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.1
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.2

     

  • #38. Professional and personal care services
    4/ Yinan Chen // Wikimedia Commons

    #38. Professional and personal care services

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.1
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.32

     

  • #37. Travel related to household activities
    5/ Minesweeper // Wikimedia Commons

    #37. Travel related to household activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 9.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.14

     

  • #36. Caring for and helping nonhousehold children
    6/ Joe Shlabotnik // Wikimedia Commons

    #36. Caring for and helping nonhousehold children

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 4.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.8

     

  • #35. Vehicles
    7/ Joe Shlabotnik // Wikimedia Commons

    #35. Vehicles

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3.6%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.34

     

  • #34. Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration
    8/ Kaz Andrew // Flickr

    #34. Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.14

     

  • #33. Travel related to organizational, civic, and religious activities
    9/ Emw // Wikimedia Commons

    #33. Travel related to organizational, civic, and religious activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.14
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 14.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 0.96

     

  • #32. Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members
    10/ Phillip Capper // Wikimedia Commons

    #32. Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.14
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 9.7%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.36

     

  • #31. Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults
    11/ Ann // Flickr

    #31. Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.16
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 8.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.78

     

  • #30. Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration
    12/ John Coley // Flickr

    #30. Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.16
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3.7%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.06

     

  • #29. Travel related to work
    13/ Gengiskanhg // Wikimedia Commons

    #29. Travel related to work

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.18
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 14%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.36

     

  • #28. Telephone calls—to or from
    14/ Eduardo Woo // Flickr

    #28. Telephone calls—to or from

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.2
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 12.2%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.58

     

  • #27. Playing with household children, not sports
    15/ Darien Library // Flickr

    #27. Playing with household children, not sports

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.22
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5.4%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4

     

  • #26. Animals and pets
    16/ Geoff Gallice // Wikimedia Commons

    #26. Animals and pets

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.24
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 16.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.5

     

  • #25. Volunteering—organizational and civic activities
    17/ Daniel Thornton // Flickr

    #25. Volunteering—organizational and civic activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.28
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.94

     

  • #24. Physical care for household children
    18/ USAG- Humphreys // Flickr

    #24. Physical care for household children

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.3
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 13%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.28

     

  • #23. Arts and entertainment—other than sports
    19/ hashi photo // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Arts and entertainment—other than sports

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.3
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5.6%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 5.2

     

  • #22. Household management
    20/ Aqua Mechanical // Flickr

    #22. Household management

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.32
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 20.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.6

     

  • #21. Computer use for leisure, excluding games
    21/ rawpixel.com // Flickr

    #21. Computer use for leisure, excluding games

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.36
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 11%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.32

     

  • #20. Homework and research
    22/ Casey Fleser // Flickr

    #20. Homework and research

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.38
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 7.22

     

  • #19. Laundry
    23/ CDA // Flickr

    #19. Laundry

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.46
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 19.2%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.4

     

  • #18. Lawn and garden care
    24/ SupportPDX // Flickr

    #18. Lawn and garden care

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.5
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 11.6%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.3

     

  • #17. Travel related to leisure and sports
    25/ Stig Nygaard // Flickr

    #17. Travel related to leisure and sports

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.58
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 39.2%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.5

     

  • #16. Playing games
    26/ My Photo Journeys // Flickr

    #16. Playing games

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.58
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 11.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.8

     

  • #15. Religious and spiritual activities
    27/ francois // Wikimedia Commons

    #15. Religious and spiritual activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.62
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 15.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.88

     

  • #14. Reading for personal interest
    28/ Sam Greenhalgh // Flickr

    #14. Reading for personal interest

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.66
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 19.6%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.38

     

  • #13. Travel related to purchasing goods and services
    29/ Guanaco // Wikimedia Commons

    #13. Travel related to purchasing goods and services

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.68
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 44.7%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.52

     

  • #12. Relaxing and thinking
    30/ Joakim Berndes // Wikimedia Commons

    #12. Relaxing and thinking

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.7
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 18.2%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.8

     

  • #11. Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation
    31/ Tysto // Wikimedia Commons

    #11. Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.76
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 19.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.8

     

  • #10. Interior cleaning
    32/ peapod labs // Flickr

    #10. Interior cleaning

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.84
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 26.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.22

     

  • #9. Caring for and helping household members
    33/ Jerry Saslav // U.S. Air Force Photo

    #9. Caring for and helping household members

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.94
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 22.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.16

     

  • #8. Consumer goods purchases
    34/ Luke Woolley // Wikimedia Commons

    #8. Consumer goods purchases

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.96
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 45%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.14

     

  • #7. Food preparation and cleanup
    35/ regan76 // Flickr

    #7. Food preparation and cleanup

    Average weekend hours (population): 1.24
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 55.4%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.26

     

  • #6. Grooming
    36/ Beauty Blogger // Wikimedia Commons

    #6. Grooming

    Average weekend hours (population): 1.28
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 73.7%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.74

     

  • #5. Socializing and communicating
    37/ Heath Brandon // Flickr

    #5. Socializing and communicating

    Average weekend hours (population): 1.96
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 40.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.82

     

  • #4. Working
    38/ Marco Verch // Flickr

    #4. Working

    Average weekend hours (population): 2.22
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 20.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 10.84

     

  • #3. Eating and drinking
    39/ Hamza Butt // Flickr

    #3. Eating and drinking

    Average weekend hours (population): 2.58
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 94.4%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.74

     

  • #2. Watching TV
    40/ mojzagrebinfo // pixabay

    #2. Watching TV

    Average weekend hours (population): 6.62
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 81.4%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 8.14

     

  • #1. Sleeping
    41/ Timothy Krause // Flickr

    #1. Sleeping

    Average weekend hours (population): 18.96
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 99.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 18.98

     

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