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What We Really Do All Day: Insights from the Centre for Time Use Research (Pelican Books)

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How has the way we spend our time changed over the last fifty years?
Are we really working more, sleeping less and addicted to our phones?
What does this mean for our health, wealth and happiness?

Everything we do happens in time and it feels like our lives are busier than ever before. Yet a detailed look at our daily activities reveals some surprising truths about the social

Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Pelican
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Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, women
The Centre for Time Use Research at University College, London, has provided an analysis here of comparisons over time, by gender and by social background, of time use, based on a series of detailed diary surveys, including some early ones by the BBC. From the 1980s these diary surveys were funded by the research councils and are seen as more objective than surveys based on respondents’ recollections of how much time they spend on tasks. Comparisons over time are particularly hard to gather, and ...more
George Dean
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've had this book on my shelf since last year, and I figured now would be a good time to read it since most of us have nothing BUT time right now. Plus, I want to read more non-fiction, and it just sounded interesting, which is why I picked it up to begin with. I really like the idea of this book, and thought it was going to be a nice informed exploration of the way we structure our days and how that's changed over the past few decades, and don't get me wrong, it definitely is, but that's ALL i ...more
Jen Well-Steered
Turns out you've got more leisure time and you're working A LOT less than you would have done in the 1960s or 1980s. And yet we're constantly 'busy' and 'stressed.' Why? First, influential people use busyness as virtue-signaling. Second, economic precariousness. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book for research references. They go through time use research and discuss change over the last century by categories and by age, gender and socioeconomic class. It is quite helpful as many stats are being used in other types of research, definitely references to this within feminist literature.

Good to see time use data in context.

One thing that I did find annoying was what seemed inconsistent ideas of what differences are considered small or big. Such as children spending 1/3 of their p
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm quite disappointed by "What we really do all day".

Yes, the book does answer the question. Yes, it's what I should have expected.

I guess finding myself looking at graphs and reading explanations of those wasn't enough. I would have loved a more sociologistic approach to an explanation of the phenomenona highlighted throughout the book.

I ended up being quite bored and overwhelmed with numbers and statistics, and too little exploration of the causes and factors.

Also, I felt the chapters on t
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Some interesting insights, but full of academic waffle. With better editing, this book could be half the length and much better for it. Also, and unforgivably for a book based on academic research, there are frequent errors in the labelling of the charts and graphs.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
One long, verbose essay.
Some interesting findings, but most of these could have been summarised in far fewer words, allowing for some more space for meaningful reflection.
Nothing mind blowing here.
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