Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How Americans Spend Their Time

Following up on yesterday's post about the online stopwatch, I found an interactive about how Americans spend their days. The New York Times produced an interactive chart of how Americans spend their days. This chart is based on the results of a 2008 survey of thousands of Americans. Click on the chart to see how much time Americans spend working, sleeping, eating, watching television, volunteering, and other daily activities. You can isolate demographic groups and activity elements on the chart for further analysis.

Applications for Education
This interactive chart could be used in a health class to evaluate how much time different groups of Americans spend being active versus the time they spend being sedentary. You could also use this chart in a middle school mathematics class as a model for creating displays of data sets.