How We Spend Our Lives (1 of 3)

I am speaking at our UNITED event for students this weekend, and have been doing some minor research on how an average person spends their life. It blows my mind to see how many YEARS of my life are spent on some of the dumbest little things.

For instance, we spend a third of our life sleeping (Well, this one is not that dumb). That is such a huge chunk of our life! That is about 25 years that we spend sleeping!!!!

Okay, this one really gets me! Brace yourself…Are you ready for this? Are you sitting down? THE MOST COMMON HUMAN ACTIVITY AFTER WORKING AND SLEEPING IS WATCHING TV! The government did a study in 2007 to find that the average person watches 4.5 hours of tv per day! I don’t think I even come close to that, but I have to admitt that sometimes I have gotten home and the TV gets turned on and the next thing I know it’s time for bed. In the average household, the TV is typically on for 7.5 hours. If you live to be 80 years old, you will have spent 131,400 hours of your life watching TV (if your that average person, I guess)! That works out to be about 15 years of watching TV! Wow!

Here are some other things we do:

- A average man spends 3,350 hours shaving! That’s 8.4 meters of stubble!

- We spend two years of our lives on the phone.

- 3 years in the bathroom! (I’m more like 5 or 6 years on that one)

- 2 weeks at traffic lights! (that doesn’t seem so bad)

- We spend 3 years looking for misplaced objects! (again probably 5 or 6 years for me)

And finally…get this…We ONLY spend about 6.5 years with the members of our household! This is actual time spent with them where your attention is fully on them! Imagine the impact we can have on our own family if we just spent some time with them!

How do I spend my life? How do you spend your life? What can I do better with my time? What can you do better with your time?

3 Responses to “How We Spend Our Lives (1 of 3)”

  • Susan Murrell:

    Add to all your time in the bathroom–the MANY hours you spent on the “naughty chair” as a kid!

  • Kevin:

    It is what it is! It was the “naughty chair” that made me eat all that lead paint on the wall next to it.

  • Susan Murrell:

    it actually was what made you and Derek peel all the living room wallpaper! You had quite a good reach!

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