A Gender and Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between Free Time and Perceived Quality of Life

By Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha and Nikki DiGregorio.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Free time and vacations are one of the most important and meaningful events in people's lives. Although industrialization was expected to result in an increase in free time, in the U.S., the most industrialized nation, more than 1 in 3 Americans say they always feel rushed. The average American works 1,777 hours per year, and the number of working hours are increasing as number of vacation hours are decreasing. Studies indicate that women and minorities have even less free time and fewer days off. This lack of free time negatively influences the health and well-being of a significant percentage of the population. This presentation focuses on a discussion of gender and cultural factors affecting this crisis.

Keywords: Free Time, Vacations, Gender, Culture, Well-being

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.235-242. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 522.825KB).

Dr. Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

I immigrated to the US from Iran as a teenager and have spent much of my life traveling and studying other cultures. This has influenced my work which focuses on social and cultural factors affecting happiness and well-being in adulthood.

Nikki DiGregorio

Student, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

My interest in the field of Psychology began in high school and has steadily progressed since then. More specifically, during my senior year I have focused my interests on the effects of culture on well-being, as well as biological and learned responses to stress. I thoroughly enjoy anything having to do with the effects of biology on behavior. I enjoy spending my free time with my family (especially my niece and nephew), as well as cooking with my mother. I plan on continuing my education upon graduating in Dec. 2006.

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