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Americans Spent More Time Watching Television During COVID-19 Than Working | Best States

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The coronavirus pandemic largely altered how people engage with the world, including how Americans spend their time. Perhaps most distinctively, the share of employed Americans working from home nearly doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, rising to 42%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, released on Thursday.

As more Americans began working from home, average travel times decreased across all demographics, while the average time individuals spent alone increased, according to the survey, which measures the average amount of time per day individuals spent working, providing child care, traveling and engaging in leisure and sports activities, among other metrics. The survey uses data gathered between May and December of 2020 because of a temporary data collection suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. After sleeping, Americans spent most of their time watching television, averaging about 3.1 hours per day – just slightly more time than they spent working.

Across all demographics, the amount of time Americans spent engaged in leisure and sports activities, including watching television, increased during the coronavirus pandemic to just over 5.5 hours per day from 5 hours in 2019, according to the survey. Men saw a 37-minute increase in leisure time during the pandemic, whereas women gained 27 minutes, the survey says. Watching television, including watching live programming, viewing DVDs, and streaming shows on TV sets, computers and portable devices, occupied the most time in 2020 of any leisure activity, ranging from more than 5 hours per day for those 75 and older to just over 2 hours per day for those ages 35 to 44.

But Americans in some states watch more television than others. The BLS produces state-by-state tables using data collected over a five year period, with the most recent data representing the period 2015-2019. The majority of the top 10 states that watch the most TV are in the South, while most states that average the least amount of time watching TV are in the West. Between 2015 and 2019, people in West Virginia watched the most television, logging more than 3.8 hours per day, followed by Alabama and Arkansas. On the other side of the list, Alaskans on average spend just over 1.8 hours per day watching TV, followed by Utahns and Washingtonians.

These states watched the most television daily:

STATE

HOURS SPENT WATCHING TV DAILY

West Virginia

3.82

Alabama

3.58

Arkansas

3.38

Mississippi

3.37

Rhode Island

3.33

Louisiana

3.25

Nevada

3.07

Delaware

3.03

Kentucky

3.03

Missouri

3.03

These states watched the least television daily:

STATE

HOURS SPENT WATCHING TV DAILY

Alaska

1.85

Utah

1.97

Washington

2.31

Idaho

2.33

Minnesota

2.36

New Mexico

2.38

California

2.46

Oregon

2.50

Montana

2.52

Massachusetts

2.53

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