Choices: Watch TV or read to your kid?


Microwaving a frozen dinner takes longer than the amount of time we spend deliberately talking with our kids each day. And we read to them even less, according to the latest American Time Use Survey.

“From 2010 to 2014, parents had deliberate conversations with their children for, on average, only 3 minutes a day, and they read to their kids for 2.4 minutes per day (about one picture book’s worth),” says a report on the survey posted on FiveThirtyEight.

It seems we still watch TV more than any other leisure activity, watching an average of more than two hours a day during the week. Another tidbit from the survey: women still spend more time on parenting activities and housework than men do.

You can find more details on how Americans spend their days by digging into the tables at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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