Find This Article on Gender Differences and Free Time
June 21, 2011 6:56 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find an article from the past year or two that discussed a general difference in how men and women spend their free time. The article posited that women are more likely to pick up activities that require work/responsibility (volunteering, etc), and men are more likely to pursue activities that are more fun-based (sports, etc).

I can't remember where I read it (but it's not like I read that many sites other than Metafilter). I can't even remember if that was the main point of the article, or if it was in an article about something else.

Your help is greatly appreciated.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Education (2 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: NYT article here: Linda Sax, a professor of education at U.C.L.A. and former director of the freshman study who uses the data in research about college gender gaps, said the gap between men and women on emotional well-being was one of the largest in the survey.

“One aspect of it is how women and men spent their leisure time,” she said. “Men tend to find more time for leisure and activities that relieve stress, like exercise and sports, while women tend to take on more responsibilities, like volunteer work and helping out with their family, that don’t relieve stress.”
posted by sestaaak at 7:35 AM on June 21, 2011

Response by poster: That is the totally the article I was thinking of. Thank you!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:36 AM on June 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

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