Eat, work, sleep, repeat? Scientists reveal what the average person’s day looks like – so does it sound familiar?
- Scientists claim that the average person spends more than six hours every day having fun
- They also spend about five minutes preparing meals and sleep for nine hours
“Eat, work, sleep and repeat” can often become a mantra for city dwellers in the rat race.
But you might be shocked to know that the average person spends most of their time doing things they enjoy, and only 2.6 hours a day at work.
Researchers at Canada’s McGill University have revealed what a normal day looks like for people in 58 countries.
It turned out that 3.4 hours are spent every day making, cultivating and caring for things, while 2.5 hours are spent on hygiene.
“We found that most of the time is really directed to the human himself, a little over nine hours,” explains study author Eric Galbraith.
Canada’s McGill University has revealed what a typical day looks like for typical people
The average day
Hanging out, watching TV, socializing and exercising – 6.5 hours
Hygiene, care and care for our health – 2.5 hours
To sleep – 9 hours
Making, growing and caring for stuff – 3.4 hours
Work – 2.6 hours
“Most of these — about 6.5 hours — are doing things we enjoy, like going out, watching TV, socializing, and exercising.”
Experts collected numerous national surveys to find out what a typical day looks like for 60 percent of the world’s population.
Individual behavior was carefully analyzed, focusing on everything from mopping dirty surfaces to handling petroleum.
You may be surprised to learn that preparing meals – including washing up, cooking and clearing up – takes an average of just 55 minutes.
But fishing, crop production, and other farming activities take 52 minutes (0.9 hours), while eating takes about 96 minutes (1.6 hours) each day.
Meanwhile, showering and taking care of our health takes about 2.5 hours, while throwing out garbage takes less than a few minutes.
Don’t worry if you can’t relate to this.
Professor Galbraith explains that some results may be biased by the inclusion of children.
The average human also spends about five minutes preparing meals and nine hours sleeping
He points to average sleep as an example of this, which may not be the full picture after nine hours.
Children can snooze for up to 11 hours on average, while adults usually sleep late only 7.5 hours.
“It also includes time in bed and not sleeping, which can be as much as an hour a day,” he added.
In addition, Professor Galbraith recognizes that there are some major cultural and economic differences between countries.
For example, while a person’s average day includes 12 minutes (0.2 hours) of religious practice, belief varies widely from country to country.
And while the average person spends just 2.4 minutes (0.04 hours) extracting energy, this may not be the case for numerous African and Middle Eastern countries that were excluded from the study, largely due to a lack of facts.
“There are some things that vary a lot based on income and cultural differences,” Professor Galbraith said.
‘For example, people in poor countries spend a lot of time farming, unlike rich countries. And there are big things like the time spent preparing food, from half an hour to almost three times that.
“But for many things, such as how much time people spend moving from place to place, there is little difference between countries.”
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