Americans are working less and sleeping more than we did in 2012, according to the Labor Department’s annual American Time Use Survey. The only thing surprising about this survey, is how remarkably unsurprising the findings are. Blame it on the recession, Netflix streaming on wireless devices, or Tempurpedic mattresses, but we spending more time in bed than we did a decade ago when the survey started.
We need all of that sleep to recover from all the hours that we…aren’t working? According to the survey the average American, over the age of 14, is engaged in work-related activities for three hours, 28 minutes each day. The average employed American is involved with work related activities for seven hours, 33 minutes each day. There are many variables that could be skewing this research such as the aging U.S. population, the percent unemployed, and the research collection method. The information was collected via phone interviews and it seems like no one has more time to kill over a phone interview than someone who is unemployed.
While the information collected from this study may indicate the struggles that follow a deep recession, I have interpreted that these results mean something else entirely different. That we are slowly, but surely, turning into sloths.