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Johannesburg - Watching television is among the top three favourite pastimes of South Africans, a Statistics SA report revealed on Wednesday.
The two other favourites relate to activities people are likely to get paid for, and to what is labelled “personal care”.
“Personal care” include relaxing, sleeping, eating, bathing and visiting the doctor's rooms.
The report based on a recent survey was presented to the media in Pretoria by Kefiloe Masiteng, the deputy director general of population and social statistics.
It revealed that men spent more time on work-related activities than women, while women spent more time than men on household maintenance and caring for their children and other household members.
Children, however, were spending more time on leisure activities than on educational activities.
Boys aged between 10 and 19 years spent around 362 minutes a day on leisure, while only 219 minutes were spent on learning activities outside school hours.
Girls dedicated around 309 minutes a day to leisure activities while 216 were spent on educational activities outside school.
The top three leisure activities for people across all age groups in the country was watching television, socialising and engaging in social and cultural activities respectively. This included the use of social networking sites.
Men of all ages spent more time in front of the television than women, with boys aged between 10 and 17 topping the list of tv time at around 134 minutes a day.
Girls of the same age spent around 129 minutes of their day in front of the television set.
Masiteng said men spent around 417 minutes per day engaging in activities that contributed to the GDP (gross domestic product).
Women, on the other hand, spent around 325 minutes engaging in such activities.
Activities that contributed to the GDP included waged employment, domestic working and looking for employment.
The survey revealed that more people in Gauteng spent time on GDP contributing activities than in other provinces.
The Western Cape was second, and Northern Cape was third.
People in the Eastern Cape invested the least time to GDP enhancing projects.
The survey revealed that women spent a larger amount of time contributing to non-economy building activities such as maintaining their homes and shopping. Other activities they engaged in included looking after children, the sick, elderly and disabled.
Women spent around 249 minutes a day engaged in such activities, compared to men, who spent around 131 minutes a day.
The survey revealed that people over 10 years old spent around 122 minutes a day waiting to access government services.
Masiteng explained that this included services such as waiting in line to get grants, or waiting in a queue to collect parcels from the local post office.
StatsSA indicated that data for the survey was collected nationally in 2010.
Due to limited capacity in terms of analysing time use data, the report was only ready for publishing in 2013.