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Activities performed on an average day. Participation and average length of the activities

Activities performed on an average day. Participation and average length of the activities Catalonia. 2011
Participation in the activity
Hours and minutes % Hours and minutes
Personal care 11.33 100.0 11.33
Sleeping 8.39 100.0 8.40
Food and drink 2.05 99.7 2.05
Other personal care 0.43 95.6 0.45
Paid work 2.31 34.2 7.24
Main work and secondary 2.26 32.1 7.37
Other activities related with work 0.05 8.1 1.04
Studies 0.37 12.8 4.51
Unspecified studies .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
School, secondary school or university 0.31 9.2 5.37
Studies during the free time 0.05 4.4 2.14
Home and family 2.59 85.6 3.29
Unspecified activities in home and family 0.03 3.7 1.22
Culinary activities 0.54 68.6 1.20
Household maintenance 0.35 50.1 1.11
Clothing and preparation of the clothes 0.12 18.7 1.04
Gardening and animal care 0.12 13.0 1.32
Construction and repairs 0.03 3.2 1.35
Shopping and services 0.27 39.7 1.09
Household arrangements 0.01 2.6 0.46
Children care household members 0.26 21.3 2.03
Adults care household members 0.03 3.5 1.37
Voluntary work and meetings 0.13 11.5 1.54
Voluntary work at the service of an organization 0.01 1.0 2.07
Informal assistance to another households 0.08 6.9 2.02
Participatory activities 0.03 4.2 1.21
Social life and enjoyment 1.12 62.5 1.56
Social life 0.37 41.0 1.30
Entertainment and culture 0.08 5.7 2.21
Passive leisure 0.27 32.8 1.23
Open air sports and activities 0.47 40.3 1.56
Physical exercise 0.45 40.0 1.54
Productive exercise 0.00 0.5 3.05
Activities related with sports 0.00 0.5 0.34
Hobbies and computers 0.35 31.8 1.51
Art and hobbies 0.03 3.1 1.38
Computers 0.21 23.5 1.33
Games 0.10 9.3 1.52
Media 2.11 83.6 2.37
Reading 0.15 21.1 1.14
Watch television, video/DVD 1.53 78.7 2.23
Listen to the radio or recording 0.02 3.5 1.14
Travel or unspecified use of the time 1.18 85.1 1.31
Source: Idescat.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: February 8, 2012.

Statistics EUT

Methodological note

The Survey on the Use of Time is a survey targeted at the population aged 10 and over, gathering information on the daily activities of the population over a period of twelve months, doing so through a personal activity log, a household questionnaire and an individual questionnaire.

Two editions of the Survey on the Use of Time have been taken in Catalonia, one panning the years 2002 and 2003 and carried out by the INE under agreement with Idescat, and the 2010–2011 edition, which was carried out by Idescat.

The production and design of the Survey on the Use of Time project was executed in accordance with the current directives issued by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) for the project of standardised European surveys on the use of time. This ensured the comparability of the results both at a national and international level.

In the 2002–2003 edition, the household sample proposed by the INE was expanded under the collaboration agreement with Idescat. Idescat performed the data treatment on the findings of the Survey on the Use of Time for Catalonia based on the fieldwork data carried out by the INE. The sample expanded to Catalonia consisted of 3,362 households in Catalonia and 23,880 across Spain. In the 2010–2011 edition, Idescat decided to make its own survey, with a household sample of 3,248 households.

The main aim of the Survey on the Use of Time is to obtain first-hand data on the scope of unpaid work taking place in the household, the distribution of responsibilities among the family members living there, the participation of the population in cultural and leisure activities, and the use of time of specific social groups (young people, the unemployed, seniors, etc.), all for the purpose of being able to formulate family-oriented and gender-equal policies, and estimate the satellite accounts of the household sector.

The following indicators of the Survey on the Use of Time are obtained from the activities being done and the time devoted to them, which are collected in the activity log, a collection tool particular to the SURVEY ON THE USE OF TIME:

  • Social Time or the average duration of the activities on a normal day. This indicator corresponds to the average time per day devoted to an activity of the entire population, including those who do not do this activity.
  • Participation and Average Duration of the activities on a normal day. The average duration of this indicator is the time devoted to an activity by some of the people who do it.
  • Schedule of Activities: The population that does the same activity at the start of each hour, which also refers to the rhythms of daily activity.

The classification of activities using one and two digits of disaggregation also adheres to Eurostat directives and the latest version is as follows:

Personal care:

  • Sleeping
  • Meals and beverages
  • Other personal care

Paid labour:

  • Primary job and second job
  • Other work-related activities


  • Non-specified studies
  • Primary, secondary, university
  • Studies done in one's free time

Household and family:

  • Non-specified activities related to the household and family
  • Cooking
  • Housework
  • Sewing and making clothes
  • Gardening and caring for animals
  • Constructions and repairs
  • Household management
  • Childcare at home
  • Helping adult members of the household

Volunteering and meetings:

  • Informal help at other households
  • Participative activities

Social life and entertainment:

  • Social life
  • Culture and entertainment
  • Passive leisure

Sports and outdoor activities:

  • Physical exercise
  • Productive exercise
  • Sports-related activities

Hobbies and computers:

  • Art and hobbies
  • IT
  • Games


  • Reading
  • Watching TV, videos or DVDs Listening to the radio or recordings

Travelling and non-specified use of time: The travelling accounted for refers strictly to that done other than for strolling purposes. It also include activities that cannot be classified in other sections.

This classification of activities is slightly different than the one used in the 2003 edition. For example, the primary jobs and second jobs have been grouped into a single category, and IT has become its own category, when it was previous included under games and hobbies.

The average duration of the activities carried out in the tables in the Social Time section should total 24:00 hours, but there may be slight differences as the seconds have been truncated; it was decided to maintain the numbers as is, rather than rounding them or making it balance out. Should the information with the seconds and second decimals be required, a customised order may be placed through the helpdesk via our website.