British men spend nearly 15% more time relaxing than women

Michael Steele/Getty ImagesThere’s even a relaxation gender gap.

  • Men have five more hours of “leisure time” per week than women each on average.
  • New statistics from the ONS shed light on the gap between men and women when it comes to free time.
  • The ONS also found that people between 25 and 34 take the least free time of all.

LONDON – British men average five more hours of “leisure time” per week than women, new data released by the Office for National Statistics this week shows.

The data, which looks at the year 2015, shows that adult men have around 43 hours leisure time per week on average, while women only have about 38 hours to themselves each week.

The disparity between men and women has increased since the year 2000, the ONS said. Back then, men had an average of 42 hours of free time, compared to an unchanged figure of 38 hours for women.

Here’s the chart:

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“Leisure time for women could be less than for men because although women are more frequently engaged in part-time work than men, they spend more time completing unpaid work such as household chores and childcare,” the ONS said.

“The hours spent on unpaid work are likely to replace those hours that could have been spent on leisure activities.”

Breaking down the statistics further the ONS found that people who live on their own without children take as much as 14-15 hours more leisure time than those with kids.

People aged from 25-34 took the least leisure time of all, clocking just 35 hours for men, and 32 for women, as the chart below illustrates:

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The ONS classes leisure time as any time spent on “socialising, cultural activities, resting and taking time out, sports or outdoor pursuits, hobbies, computing and games, mass media, eating out and travel associated with these leisure activities.”

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