• BCN Time Use Initiative

How do women and men use their time - statistics

Between 2008 and 2015, the EU population on average spent per day 8 to 9 hours sleeping, 4½ to 6 hours on leisure and social life activities, and 2½ to 3½ hours carrying out household and family care activities.


The Harmonised European Time Use Survey statistics (HETUS) data shows that there are particular patterns of how women and men use their time: women are, on average, more involved in household and care activities than men. Women perform more food management, cleaning, ironing and laundry, while men are more involved in construction and gardening. While men and women participate both in childcare, it seems that women are relatively more involved in physical care, supervision and accompanying their children, while men seem to participate relatively more in teaching, playing and talking with their children.


By Eurostat. More info here.

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