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Time for Life: The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time (Re-Reading the Canon)

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Is it possible that Americans have more free time than they did thirty years ago? While few may believe it, research based on careful records of how we actually spend our time shows that we average more than an hour more free time per day than in the 1960s. Time-use experts John P. Robinson and Geoffrey Godbey received national attention when their controversial findings w ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 11th 1999 by Penn State University Press (first published June 30th 1997)
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Melissa Baggett
Jul 29, 2010 Melissa Baggett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The "our plates are full" rhetoric is everywhere in American culture, from adverts for PDAs to calorie-packed desserts, and I've found myself asking on more than one occasion, "If we're all so busy, WHAT is everyone doing?" Before I start sounding self-righteous, let me say that I have processed those same thoughts myself. I frequently feel rushed to complete tasks that, once the day is done, I wonder why I felt stressed and was so rushed to do them in the first place. Worse still, I've procrast ...more
Lindsay Campbell
Sep 18, 2007 Lindsay Campbell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sociologists
Uses 'time diaries' as a method to study how Americans use their time. While they can do a good job of totalling up minutes in a day, they dont really offer useful insights about the subjective experience of time. Look to others like Schor and Hochschild for that. Try making your own time diary of a 24 period though -- its fun and hard.
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