I was curious how New Yorkers spent their money. Turns out Bureau of Labor Statistics has that data.
How do New Yorkers spend their money?
Mostly housing (not surprising), transportation, food, and retirement savings.
How do Americans spend their time?
Sleeping (personal care) is most of it. Then, we spent time on leisure and sports, work, and household activities (cooking and cleaning). This data includes retired people too, so that’s why the work hours are lower than expected. Amazingly, about 3 hours a day is still spent on TV.
What does this say about society and technology?
Top Areas of Money Spent
- Retirment Savings
Top Areas of Time Used
- Leisure and sports
- Household activities
First, it’s interesting that the things we spend all our time on are not the things that we spend our money on. It seems like we actually spend fairly little money on things that we choose and mostly spend money on things that we have to.
Second, it feels like the biggest changes have come in the areas where we spend our time (communications, entertainment) and not so much the areas where we spend our money. Althought it seems like there are some developing technologies which will change this, most notably self driving cars.
I wonder if I feel that certain industries are not seeing progress because there hasn’t been or because I don’t know enough about all of these industries to judge. May warrant some further investigation.