Friday, December 05, 2014

Fast Food = No Fun

People who buy fast food are busy and in a hurry. That's not a surprise, of course, but data from the American Time Use Survey now documents those facts.

Among Americans aged 18 or older, those who purchase fast food on a given day spend more time working and traveling (mostly commuting) and less time watching TV and sleeping than the average person. The fast-food purchasers spent only 57 minutes per day eating and drinking versus the 68 minutes spent by the average person. Fast-food buyers were also more likely to report eating while mostly doing something else—such as working or driving a vehicle.

Source: USDA Economic Research Service, The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States

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