A Day in the Life of Americans
This is how America runs.
Microdata from the American Time Use Survey from 2014, which asked thousands of people what they did during a 24-hour period. The data is used to simulate a single day for 1,000 Americans representative of the population — to the minute.
- Data is modeled per day as a time-varying Markov chain using minute-by-minute tabulations of the ATUS data.
- Tabulated, formatted, and simulated in R.
- Then visualized with d3.js.
Between 6:30am and 7:30am, most people wake up, head into personal care such as showering and brushing teeth, and then head to work, eat breakfast, relax for a bit, and do housework.
From noon to 1:00pm, you see a lot of movement from work or housework to eating and drinking and then back again. Many also take the time to relax.
Getting off Work
As you might expect, once the clock strikes 5:00pm, people head home to prepare and/or eat dinner.
Between 10:00pm and midnight, people wind down for the day, shifting from leisure to personal care and eventually going to sleep.