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Time is an underlying aspect of all social behavior. It is a social fact that reflects and creates social and economic conventions, rather than representing an objective fact based on the earth’s immutable natural cycles (Duncheon & Tierney 2013; Durkheim 1965; Nowatny 1975; Zerubavel 1976).

Data on how individuals spend their time can be effectively used to better understand the well-being of the population, social and economic behavior, and the implications of public policies.

Time use data can also be used for making international comparisons, providing a better understanding of cultural and social differences across countries (National Research Council 2000).

Check out our pages on measuring and analyzing time use.

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04/09/2019 - 2:33 pm