Leisure: Working More, Sleeping Less

How do Americans spend their day compared with 35 years ago? For one thing, their leisure time has not increased at all, contrary to popular notion. Rather, American men today are spending more time on the job, a lot of it admittedly of the moonlighting variety, and their wives are spending even more time taking care of their children and homes.

University of Michigan Sociologist John P. Robinson, 31, told the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco last week that a lengthy survey indicates that leisure time takes up about five hours a day, about the...

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