How the Typical American Day Has Changed in the Last 15 Years

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

2017

– Average time spent on activity: 1.76 hours/day (-1.1% 15-year change)

– Population engaged in activity: 10.4% (-33.8% 15-year change)

2003

– Average time spent on activity: 1.78 hours/day

– Population engaged in activity: 15.7%

The time spent caring for and helping nonhousehold members (including travel) has decreased over the past decade, both by the percentage of the population that’s engaged in the activity and the length of time spent doing it.

There could be two possible explanations for this: Americans are less neighborly now than they were in 2003, and they report having fewer close friends (those they’d spend time helping out on a regular basis).

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