In the past 11 years, less housekeeping and more Internet
Layla Ricroch et Benoît Roumier, division Conditions de vie des ménages, Insee
People spend half of their 24-hour day sleeping, eating, and getting ready. Working persons spend less time on housekeeping and have four hours' free time. The others replace working time with domestic time and especially leisure activities, which take up one-fourth of their time. On average, the French spent 16 minutes a day playing games online or surfing the Internet in 1999-twice as much as ten years earlier. While the Internet has overtaken reading and strolling to rank second in leisure activities, it still lags far behind television.