Belfast Telegraph

Give us a break! Men enjoy more leisure time

Men in the UK enjoy an average of 40 minutes' more leisure time a day than women, new figures suggest.

In total, men had six hours and nine minutes of free time daily in 2015, compared with five hours and 29 minutes for women, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

One reason for the gender gap may be that women tend to do more unpaid work such as childcare, volunteering and cleaning, ONS statistician Christopher Payne said.

The gap was greatest in north-west England, where men had around seven hours' more free time than women every week.

But it was narrowest in Northern Ireland, with both sexes enjoying identical amounts of leisure time.

Men spent more time pursuing hobbies and playing sports and computer games, the study showed, while women socialised more.

But men and women spent roughly the same time eating out and resting, according to the survey.

By far the most popular pastimes for both sexes were reading, listening to music and watching TV, with men doing so for around two more hours a week.

This amounts to 16 hours and 24 minutes a week for men and 14 hours and 23 minutes for women.

The figures also show that, on average, both 16 to 24-year-olds and 55 to 64-year-olds enjoy six hours of free time a day.

But 25 to 34-year-olds had to content themselves with four hours and 46 minutes a day.

For the over-65s, however, the amount increases to seven hours and 10 minutes a day.

In terms of regional differences, people in south-east England spent the most time on leisure activities - five hours and two minutes a day.

By contrast, people in Northern Ireland spent the least - four hours and 22 minutes a day.

The analysis focused on people aged over eight, drawing on data from the UK Harmonised European Time Use Survey.

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