Yes, you *are* a statistic - Grin with cat attached
|Yes, you *are* a statistic||Feb. 6th, 2003 10:40 am|
But these ones interest me:|
Doing volunteer work, helping others and visiting friends and relatives take up a relatively small part of the average day according to an analysis* of how people spend their time by the Office for National Statistics.
On an average day, adults have around five and a half hours free time. Of this, 4 minutes are spent volunteering, 8 minutes helping others and 44 minutes socialising. Overall, on any given day, just over four in ten people are socialisers, fewer than one in ten are helpers and even fewer are volunteers.
Other key findings include:
- People aged 45 and over are more likely than other age groups to volunteer or help other people.
- Of those who report socialising, men tend to have more uninterrupted social time than women.
- Volunteers, helpers and socialisers spend more time than the population overall with others in the community (social or recreational clubs, church, restaurants, houses of friends or relatives).
- During the week, women have less 'free time' than men, yet still spend slightly more time socialising and helping.
- Adults report being alone in their household for over two hours a day on average. Women, people aged 65 and over, households who do not own a car and the unemployed spend more time at home alone. - On any given day, around half of people do no volunteering, helping or socialising.