Time for Life: The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time

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Penn State Press, 1997 - Social Science - 367 pages
Is it possible that Americans have more free time than they did thirty years ago? While few may believe it, research based on careful records of how we actually spend our time shows that Americans have almost five hours more free time per week than in the 1960s. Here time-use experts John P. Robinson and Geoffrey Godbey explain this surprising trend and how it has come about. They also discuss why so few Americans apparently appreciate how their free time has increased or how that new free time is being used. Their unique source of time-use information, the Americans' Use of Time Project, is the only such detailed historical data archive in the United States. Every ten years the project has been asking thousands of Americans to report their daily activities on an hour-by-hour basis in time diaries.
 

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Based on "time diaries" kept by a cross section of Americans, this report of how we spend our time concludes that we define ourselves primarily by our work. We are a "rushed" people who believe that ... Read full review

Contents

TimeDeepening
24
Interpreting the Time Famine
43
Measuring How People Spend Time
57
Work and Other Obligations 5 The Overestimated Workweek and Trends in Hours at Work
81
Trends in Housework and Family Care
97
Trends in Personal Care and Travel
110
Free Time 8 Trends in Free Time 19651985
123
Trends in Television Time and Other Media
136
Only Time Will Tell
287
Brother Can You Spare Some Time?
303
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Activity Differences Between Survey Techniques
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Home Computers and Use of Time
155
Social Capital and the Rest of Free Time
167
The Demographics of Time Use 12 Background Predictors of Time
189
Toward an Androgynous Society xi
197
Subjective Time
229
How People Feel About Their Daily Activities
241
The Results from Inputs of Time
252
Comparisons with Other Countries
261
by Country
333
N Comparisons of the 19891990 California Childrens Data
339
References
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Widening Age Gaps in Time Use 15 Status and Racial Differences in Time Use 197
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John P. Robinson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Americans' Use of Time Project at the Survey Research Center at the University of Maryland. He is the senior author of several books dealing with the use of time and the quality of life, including The Rhythm of Everyday Life: How Soviet and American Citizens Use Time (1988) and How Americans Use Time (1977).

Geoffrey Godbey is Professor of Leisure Studies at Penn State University. His most recent book is Leisure in Your Life: An Exploration, 5th Edition (1999).

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