North Carolina Families Spending 47% More Time Together Compared to 2018

North Carolina Families Spending 47% More Time Together Compared to 2018


Spending time with family is universally cherished as one of life’s profound yet fundamental joys. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey found that for many Americans, family time is a paramount priority. Backyard Oasis recently conducted a survey of 3,000 families to determine how much quality time they spend together each week.

The survey revealed that the average North Carolina family spends just 6 hours and 20 minutes of quality time together each week (compared to a national average of 6 hours and 17 minutes). While that might sound like just enough time to binge-watch a couple of episodes of your favorite show, the good news is that, compared to a similar study in 2018, families are spending over two hours more per week together. This is a 47% increase compared to six years ago.

There were notable geographical variations. North Dakota families, for example, spend 8 hours and 30 minutes together each week, an increase of almost 100%. On the other hand, families in West Virginia spend the least amount of time together, averaging just 4 hours and 30 minutes of quality time each week.

Backyard Oasis delved further into the topic of quality family time. They asked North Carolina respondents how many times they sit together for meals each week, with the average being four times.

When it comes to activities, families have varied preferences. The survey found that the most favored activity for families to do together is watching TV or movies, with 41% of respondents choosing this option.

Other popular activities include:

  • Playing board games or video games: 17%
  • Traveling or taking day trips: 15%
  • Engaging in outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, biking): 13%
  • Cooking or baking together: 13%

Of course, organizing these activities can sometimes be a bit tricky. Almost half of the families (49%) said planning family trips is the toughest challenge. Fifteen percent find coordinating a simple family meal to be a Herculean task, while 14% said getting everyone together for sports is the hardest.

And then there’s the question of technology. When asked about the use of electronic devices during family time, 12% of families admitted that phones are always welcome at the dinner table. A more laid-back 67% said devices are sometimes allowed, while a strict 5% said they’re banned altogether.

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