Table 1.2
Average time spent per day on various activities, for the population and participants aged 15 and over, by sex, Canada, 1998

Activity group Population Participants Participation rate
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
hours and minutes percentage
Total work1 07:47 07:47 07:48 07:58 08:03 07:54 98 97 99
Paid work and related activities 03:39 04:32 02:47 08:21 08:50 07:41 44 51 36
Unpaid work2 03:36 02:44 04:25 03:56 03:10 04:36 91 87 96
Personal care activities 10:26 10:14 10:38 10:26 10:14 10:38 100 100 100
Free time activities 05:46 05:58 05:34 05:56 06:08 05:43 97 97 97
1. Paid work and related activities 03:39 04:32 02:47 08:21 08:50 07:41 44 51 36
Paid work 03:17 04:04 02:30 07:42 08:10 07:04 43 50 35
Activites related to paid work
(includes commuting)
00:22 00:27 00:17 00:57 01:00 00:52 39 45 32
2. Household work and related activities 03:15 02:24 04:03 03:36 02:51 04:15 90 85 95
Cooking/washing up 00:46 00:27 01:05 01:02 00:42 01:17 74 63 85
Housekeeping 00:41 00:19 01:02 01:41 01:29 01:46 41 22 59
Maintenance and repair 00:10 00:15 00:04 02:30 02:42 01:59 6 9 4
Other household work 00:24 00:26 00:22 01:19 01:37 01:05 30 27 33
Shopping for goods and services 00:48 00:41 00:54 01:52 01:46 01:57 43 38 47
Child care 00:26 00:17 00:35 02:10 01:48 02:24 20 16 24
3. Civic and voluntary 00:21 00:20 00:22 01:55 01:58 01:53 18 17 19
4. Education and related activities 00:33 00:31 00:35 06:12 06:01 06:21 9 9 9
5. Sleep, meals and other personal activities 10:26 10:14 10:38 10:26 10:14 10:38 100 100 100
Night sleep 08:04 07:58 08:11 08:05 07:59 08:11 100 100 100
Meals (excl. restaurant meals) 01:06 01:07 01:04 01:12 01:13 01:10 92 92 91
Other personal activities 01:16 01:09 01:24 01:20 01:13 01:27 95 94 96
6. Socializing including restaurant meals 01:55 01:51 01:59 02:54 02:59 02:49 66 62 70
Restaurant meals 00:17 00:19 00:16 01:33 01:35 01:31 19 20 18
Socializing (in homes) 01:19 01:13 01:24 02:22 02:28 02:18 55 49 61
Other socializing 00:19 00:20 00:18 02:38 02:42 02:34 12 12 12
7. Television, reading and other passive leisure 02:44 02:52 02:35 03:11 03:19 03:04 85 87 84
Watching television 02:12 02:22 02:02 02:50 02:59 02:42 77 80 75
Reading books, magazines, newspapers 00:26 00:24 00:27 01:20 01:18 01:22 32 30 34
Other passive leisure 00:06 00:06 00:06 01:08 01:09 01:08 9 9 9
8. Sports, movies and other entertainment events 00:10 00:10 00:10 02:41 02:35 02:47 6 6 6
9. Active leisure 00:58 01:05 00:50 02:24 02:37 02:11 40 41 39
Active sports 00:29 00:35 00:22 02:00 02:16 01:42 24 26 22
Computer use 00:05 00:08 00:03 01:52 01:58 01:40 5 7 3
Video games 00:03 00:04 00:02 01:48 02:01 01:27 3 3 2
Other active leisure 00:21 00:19 00:23 02:17 02:25 02:11 15 13 18
1. Includes activity groups 1 to 4.
2. Includes activity groups 2 to 3.
Note: Average time spent is the average over a 7-day week.
Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1998.
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