There have been several visualizations created over the past couple of years showing how people spend their days. I’ve used them in lessons where students have created infographics indicating how they spend their time, and then they compare their results with the interactives.
Here are my choices for The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days:
How We Spend Our Time Now, in Three (Really Big) Graphs is from The Atlantic.
What Americans Actually Do All Day Long, In 2 Graphics is the newest one, just published at NPR.
In 2012, The Wall Street Journal has published a very accessible infographic titled At Work And At Play. It shows, by ethnicity, how Americans spend their work and leisure time. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The New York Times published a fascinating infographic titled How Different Groups Spend Their Day in 2009. Here’s how they describe it: “The American Time Use Survey asks thousands of American residents to recall every minute of a day. Here is how people over age 15 spent their time in 2008.” It actually shows what people did every hour of everyday — sleeping, watching TV, eating, etc. And the numbers are divided by ethnicity, age, education-background and more. I could easily see having my students first do a similar analysis of their days and then comparing it to this infographic. This one seems to have a different source of data than the Wall Street Journal visualizations use.
Here’s one on how they spend their money.
New data has just been released for 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and both Five Thirty Eight and The Wall Street Journal have reports on it, as well as new visualizations of what the numbers say.
This chart shows how Americans spend every single minute in the average day is from The Washington Post.
Flowing Data has just developed three new visualizations of the most recent data, all of which are pretty neat. Instead of describing the details of how they’re different, I’ll just list their titles with live links. They’re all worth a visit: