Count the Hours
How we spend our time may have links to personality.
By May 1, 2018 - last reviewed on July 2, 2018published
It's tempting to guess what people are like based on the way they spend their time. But how much of a connection is there, really? A study published in Collabra: Psychology analyzed personality data and daily activity reports from more than 1,000 German participants. Though it's just one of many potential influences, "we can see that personality does show reliable links with everyday activities," says study co-author Julia Rohrer of the Max Planck Research School on the Life Course. Here are some associations they found.
People who are...
- less likely to report doing chores
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- more likely to report reading
- less likely to report watching TV
- more likely to report playing sports
- less likely to report using the computer