How UK Fills Its Day
Mostly sleeping, eating, watching TV
The Time Use Survey, conducted in 2000, showed that eating, working, sleeping and watching TV are what people in the UK do most. These activities take up more than half the day. A third of the day is spent sleeping.
On weekdays, 77 per cent of adults are awake and up by 8 am. Forty five per cent then work or study until at least 4 pm. Afterwards, people do housework, eat or do some form of leisure activity. Main meal times fall between 8 am and 9.30 am, at 1 pm, and from 5 pm to 9 pm. By midnight, 81 per cent of adults are asleep, 12 per cent are still enjoying some free time and 4 per cent are working or travelling.
At the weekend, people tend to get up later (69 per cent by 9 am), work less but do more housework, travelling and leisure activities. Peak meal times donít vary greatly from weekdays, but people spend longer eating and on personal care at other times of the day. On average, adults go to bed an hour later Ė 89 per cent are in bed by 1am.
The survey also shows that four in five people did some type of physical activity in the four weeks before the survey and that they spend more time taking part in sports and other physical activities than watching it on TV (16 minutes a day compared with 4 minutes a day).
Household income is an important indicator of activity levels, with the less affluent much less likely to take part in sport or cultural activity. There also appears to be something of a general participation effect, with participation in one increasing the likelihood that people also take part in another. So it is often both or neither, rather than one or the other.
Source: 2000 Time Use Survey, Office for National Statistics