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How does the average American spend their weekend?

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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.

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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