Who Americans Spend Their Time With, by Age
If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it is that humans truly are social creatures. Most of us need community and connection to thrive.
But when people are not socially distancing and limiting their contacts, who do they choose to spend time with?
This interactive chart from Our World in Data reveals who Americans spend the most daily minutes with at different ages of their life, based on data collected between 2009 and 2019 through the Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Adolescence to Adulthood
In the average American’s teenage years, they spend most of their time alone and with their family. This makes sense, as the majority of people under 18 still live in a home with their nuclear family unit, meaning parents and siblings.
Jumping forward to a person’s early adulthood, 25-year-olds spend an average of 275 minutes per day alone, and 199 minutes with coworkers. This aligns with people in their twenties beginning to enter the workforce.
By age 35, people are still spending the most time with themselves, at 263 minutes per day. However, time spent combined with children and partners, the runner-ups, adds up to 450 minutes or around 7.5 hours a day.
|Age||Most Time Spent||Second||Third|
|15||Family – 267 Minutes||Alone – 193 Minutes||Friends – 109 Minutes|
|25||Alone – 275 Minutes||Coworkers – 199 Minutes||Partner – 121 Minutes|
|35||Alone – 263 Minutes||(Read more…)|