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Study: Millennials work less, volunteer less, and sleep more

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According to a recent study, millennials spent less time working in 2014, as compared to 2004. The study, reported by Government Executive and Quartz, touched upon the actual productivity of young people and their time usage on specific actions and activities during the previous decade.

These findings were collected from a survey sponsored by the federal government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey (ATUS) examined the time usage of select American citizens.

“[ATUS] measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

The ATUS survey examined data from over a decade, measuring the use of time on several activities. It was found that millennials spent more time sleeping, but were more apt to partake in both educational activities, as well as leisure and sport activities.

Other findings in the survey revealed that millennials work less per day than their older counterparts.

Volunteer work was at a low for individuals 15- to 24-years-old, and even lower with individuals 24- to 32-years-old.

However, regarding total usage of time, millennials and young people are rated higher than all other age groups. In particular, full-time college students were more focused in classes, whereas part-time college students were split between work activities and education activities.

Pricenomics outlined how 20- to 29-year-olds were actually very productive in 2014, compared to the same age group in 2004. The breakdown attributed the 2008 economic downturn for the reason more young individuals were unemployed.

The fact that millennials are now working less, “is almost entirely because of the substantially lower levels of employment faced by people in their twenties between those years,” wrote Dan Kopf at Pricenomics. “While about 23 percent of respondents were not employed in 2004, approximately 26.1 percent of respondents were not employed in 2014.”

The breakdown also outlined how the internet has allowed millennials to be more productive because of the instant connection of information. 


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