Just a perfect day: for a woman, anyway!
Some 900 women revealed their dream daily routine, and the priorities may surprise a few men
Sunday 21 October 2012
The songwriter Lou Reed famously spent his perfect day "drinking sangria in the park, feeding animals in the zoo, then later a movie, too, and home". But then, he is only a bloke. Women think rather differently, according to academics studying happiness and well-being. As well as eight hours of uninterrupted slumber, the ideal day includes at least 56 minutes of shopping, 82 minutes relaxing and a further 46 minutes napping, a bare 36 minutes working and 33 commuting, not to mention the 50 minutes spent preparing food and 75 actually eating it. Most time – 106 minutes – would be spent on what researchers euphemistically call "intimate relations".
The survey, carried out by scientists in the US and Germany, concludes that a little of what you fancy is good for you but a lot might turn your day sour. "Our research asks what a perfect day would look like if we take into account the crucial fact that even the most pleasurable activities are usually less enjoyable the longer they last and the more often we do them,'' the researchers say.
Their conclusions were drawn from a survey of more than 900 women, average age 38, in employment, who were questioned about how they spent their day and how they felt about it. The researchers also analysed data from a US Time Use Survey, which measures the amount of time men and women spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering and socialising.
Armed with this they worked out the make-up of a perfect day based on 16 waking hours. The results show that were people to be entirely self-indulgent and hedonistic, they would spend 619 minutes a day in intimate relationships, 103 minutes socialising and 74 minutes relaxing. They would spend no time working or commuting, and only two minutes on housework, and another two minutes with the children.
However, the optimal day contains 16 different activities, each taking between 33 and 106 minutes. More time was spent on people-centred activities than on money-making projects. According to the results, it is better to divide the day up into smaller packages of things you like to do, partly to avoid boredom.
- 1 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 Pornhub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Kanye West gives guest lecture at Oxford University: 'If I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there's hope for everyone'
'This is what Islam tells us to do': A rare glimpse inside a Saudi Arabian prison – where Isis terrorists are showered with perks and privileges
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£38000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This B2B content marketing agen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: An outstanding new...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Infrastructure Architect is ...