The laid-back Westerner, the Easterner's strong driver and the strong Midwesterner are the stereotypes of the U.S. Region. Are they true at an age of higher-television induced homogenization of American culture? Surprisingly, they still do.
There are striking differences in how people spend their time, especially when we control other differences, such as education, their age, if they live in large cities, ethnicities and ethnicities.
The average adult American is working 28 hours a week, spending more than 60 hours per week sleeping and 18 hours watching TV, according to a continuing government survey that collects 1,000 one day diary per month from random citizens. But the chart below shows that South Africans report spending an extra 0.6 hours per sleep a week compared to people in the Northeast. Midwesterners work 20 minutes a week rather than people in the Northeast; and Westerners are working for about an hour less than every week than the Midwesterners.
Followers are the regional TV surveillance champions, spending 1.6 extra hours a week on it than Westerners, who spend at least. On the other hand, Westerners spend 1.1 hours more time than the Southerners in leisure activities other than TV watching.
What accounts for differences? Maybe people who want to enjoy Western lifestyle move to the West. But differences can cause people's opportunities.
Nearly half of Westerners are Californians; and perhaps, as Joe Jones sang in 1960, "they are working with California's hot days." Why stay indoors and watch TV like other Americans, when the climate makes outdoor recreation so fascinating? Maybe the temperature and clear sky provide Californians and other Westerners with good reason to enjoy hours outside.
Our location stereotypes are not just about the regions-they are also about individual cities. For example, we are thinking of a short "New York minute," which, as Johnny Carson said, is the time between traffic lights turning green and other drivers moving you to move.
New Yorkers spend their lives on other people from four other major American cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia). They work more than an hour more than a week than other residents of major cities, watch about one hour less TV each week, and spend half an hour less than home-based housework than people in other big cities.
emerge from the incentives of a metropolis that offers. Why cook or buyer when "take-out" or delivery is easily accessible? Why spend a lot of time watching TV when there are so many accessible cultural events? People spend some time in response to the conditions around them-the attractiveness and the cost of the various activities they can make.
stereotypes exist because they have an indication of truth, but it's not totally true-one of the reasons why we should be careful when we use it. Regarding regional differences is slightly correct; there are noticeable and remarkable differences in how Americans use their time. Americans are certainly pluribus, but they are also unum.
Daniel S. Hamermesh is a Distinguished Scholar at Barnard College in New York City and the network director at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. It is adapted from his "Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource" book.
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