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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Time spent on sport and recreation >> Time spent on weekdays/weekend

TIME SPENT ON WEEKDAYS/WEEKEND

Not surprisingly in 2006, the average amount of time that people spent on recreation and leisure activities increased on the weekend compared with weekdays, with men spending more time (5 hours and 32 minutes a day) on the weekend on these activities than women (4 hours and 33 minutes a day).

For men the amount of time spent on sport and outdoor activity increased by 17 minutes per day on the weekend and for women by 5 minutes per day compared with time spent during the week. Men spent more time on the weekend on sport and outdoor activity than women (37 minutes compared with 21 minutes).

4.2 Average time spent on free time activities, By weekday/weekend and sex - 2006

Males
Females
Weekday
Weekend
Weekday
Weekend
Minutes per day
Minutes per day
Minutes per day
Minutes per day

Socialising
6
20
7
19
Visiting entertainment venues(a)
2
8
4
8
Attendance at sports event
*1
6
-
4
Religious activities(b)
*2
8
4
10
Community participation
8
7
11
9
Associated travel
7
22
9
21
Social and community interaction(c)
27
71
35
73
Sport and outdoor activity
20
37
16
21
Games, hobbies, arts, crafts
13
18
11
15
Reading
19
25
23
29
Audio/visual media
144
181
117
134
Other free time
20
29
16
24
Talking and correspondence(d)
21
31
34
43
Associated travel
5
10
4
6
Recreation and Leisure(c)
243
332
223
273
Total free time
270
403
259
346

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes cultural venues.
(b) Includes ritual ceremonies.
(c) Includes additional activities not separately included.
(d) Includes talking on phone or reading/writing own correspondence.
Source: Time Use on Recreation and Leisure Activities, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4173.0)






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