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Justin Fox

Elder Millennials Have Less Time for Fun

A new report on how Americans spend their days shows  35- to 44-year-olds have fewer leisure hours than anybody else, and less than two decades ago.

Fun is harder to come by at a certain age.

Fun is harder to come by at a certain age.

Photographer: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images 

Along with some less-welcome changes, the Covid-19 pandemic brought many Americans a respite from time pressures. Average time spent sleeping went up by about 10 minutes a day in 2020, and time devoted to leisure and sports activities went up by about 32 minutes, according to the American Time Use Survey conducted by the Census Bureau on behalf of US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recently released data for 2021 show an apparent reversion toward (though not all the way) to pre-pandemic norms: