Survey: Americans worked less, watched more TV

June 21, 2013 1:49:24 PM PDT
A new government survey shows that Americans worked less last year and spent more time doing things like watching TV.

According to the Department of Labor, people spent 5 hours and 22 minutes a day on leisure activities in 2012. That's a 9-minute increase from the year prior.

Although that may not seem like a big jump, researchers say it shows the sluggish recovery took a toll on workers.

The survey shows that many people spent 2 hours and 50 minutes of their free time, a day, watching TV.

It also shows that people spent more time playing sports, 2 hours and 32 minutes a day.

People spent 8 hours and 44 minutes a day sleeping.