Got Time?

Jan 2, 2010   //   by Stephan Spencer   //   General  //  9 Comments

As you dream up your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010, take a moment to think about where you spend your time. You define your life by where you decide to spend your time.

Here are some stats that you may find interesting:

  • 80% of employees do not want to go to work on Monday morning.
  • By Friday, the rate only drops to 60%.
  • The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.
  • The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per day.
  • On an average day, there are 17 million meetings in America.
  • The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day.
  • Over one billion people around the world survive on less than $1 per day.
  • One species becomes extinct every 15 minutes
  • A new McDonald’s franchise opens every four hours.
  • 98% of American homes have at least one television set.
  • The average American sees 200,000 televised acts of violence by the age of 18.
  • The average adult spends 4 minutes a day outside.

More stats here and here.


  • Those are some interesting statistics!

    Just wondering, where did you get them from?

    PS This scares me:
    “A new McDonald’s franchise opens every four hours.”

  • The average person spends only 4 minutes outside? That is a disturbing thought.

  • You just made me feel fat, lazy, and unproud to be an American. hahaha..

    4 minutes a day outside? I think you’re right..

  • 4 minutes a day? Is that Americans or North America or worldwide?? Most work days I only spend the time from the subway to the office or subway to home outdoors – maybe 30 minutes…

  • For me the most surprising and disturbing one was extinction every 15 mins.
    Wow, thats awful.
    How can the earth survive when species are disappearing at that rate?

  • Hi Stephan,
    Some of these stats are absolutely staggering.
    Thanks for sharing them. Very interesting indeed!

  • I am also very surprised about 4 minutes per day. That I can hardly imagine. I spend every day outside. Where did you get this information?

  • Hello from Germany,

    crazy little post. Really only 4 minutes a day outside? Cant belive it in the time of Wlan :D


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