Women spend far more time than men doing unpaid labor, such as housework. Photo: VCG
What does the average Chinese person do every day? According to an authoritative new study, he or she:
-Sleeps: 9.5 hours
-Watches TV: 100 minutes
-Eats and drinks: 104 minutes
-Tends to personal hygiene: 50 minutes
Of course, the “average” Chinese person likely doesn’t exist.
The study, published Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics, surveyed 20,226 households in 11 provinces and major cities. It reveals that daily routines vary significantly across age groups, gender and location.
For instance, women spend more than double the amount of time men do each day on unpaid labor, which includes household chores, taking care of family members, and shopping for goods and services. But men spend 100 more minutes a day on paid labor than women do. So, while women do slightly more work, they are being paid for less than their time.
Another big divide is in internet usage. Urban residents reported spending an average of 203 minutes each day online, while rural residents spent only 98 minutes on similar activities.
People between the ages of 20 and 24 spent the most time looking at smartphones and tablets — a total of 3 hours and 50 minutes a day compared to the average 1 hour and 53.
Unsurprisingly, 15 to 19-year-olds spent the most time on education each day — a whopping 8 hours and 2 minutes, while 20 to 24-year-olds spent only 1 hour and 38 minutes.