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Q: Average time spent waiting ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Average time spent waiting
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: diana07-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 29 Jan 2006 14:53 PST
Expires: 28 Feb 2006 14:53 PST
Question ID: 439013
I'm eager to know how much time (on average) people spend every day
waiting (for transportation, in shops, for the doctor, in pubs, ...).
I'm interested in results for US or Europe.
Many thanks
Subject: Re: Average time spent waiting
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 29 Jan 2006 19:02 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Diana07,   

On average a person spends an estimated 45 to 62 minutes waiting everyday.


45 minutes a day

?Everyday you waste time. Whether it?s filling up a tank of gas,
waiting for an elevator, or waiting to download a program- we waste
minutes. The average human wastes about 45 minutes a day in addition
to any free time they have.?



62 minutes a day.

The below paragraph states: ?in 70 years, the average person spends at
least 3 years waiting.?
I calculated that those 3 years would be approximately 4.3% of time
spent waiting or 62 minutes a day.


?Waiting, an inevitable and even necessary aspect of human life is not
something that most of us relish. We wait in lines: in order to
purchase groceries; to be served at popular restaurants; to be
attended to in a bank; at stop signs and traffic signals; at amusement
parts; to see a play or film. We must also wait for flowers to grow
and bloom; for babies to be born; for wounds to heal; for bread to
rise and cheese to age; for children to mature; for friends to call;
for love to deepen. Statisticians have estimated that in a lifetime of
70 years, the average person spends at least three years waiting!?

The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company


Five years of life waiting

?If the average American spends five years of life waiting for things
? what can you do to make those five years more productive or fewer?

Use a mobile computer so you can be making notes or working while
waiting in line or for the doctor.  I like to take along some of the
business magazines I receive and flip through the articles while

Women Owned: "Getting the Most out of Each Day?

Additional information that might interest you

According Wireless internet service provider BT Openzone, British
business travellers spend 689,000 hours a month waiting in airports,
with most spending an average of two to three hours each month doing

Times Online March 30, 2005,,11250-1547742,00.html


According to efficiency experts, the average computer user spends 9
minutes every day waiting for files and web screens to download.



?A recent survey found that state social workers waste an average of
12 hours a month waiting for overbooked courtrooms.?

Seattle Times Special Report


?Americans now spend approximately fifteen minutes a day waiting in traffic.?


Search criteria:

waiting time daily statistics
person " * minutes"  spends waiting time
person * minutes * day waiting
average American spends hours OR minutes waiting
" time spent  waiting " "30..180 minutes"
"hours a month waiting"
"minutes * day waiting"

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by diana07-ga on 30 Jan 2006 15:57 PST
Hi Bobbie7,
Many thanks for these great results!
The 45 to 62 minutes waiting time is the only information more based
on the personal estimations from the authors.
Do you believe there's a chance to find more scientific or statistic
answers on this topic?
Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 30 Jan 2006 16:50 PST
Dear Diana07,

Thank you for your clarification. I searched for hours yesterday
trying to locate hard data and studies regarding the average time
people spend waiting.
I posted everything I uncovered.

In any case, I will do additional research and if I find more
information I will post it here.

diana07-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Very professional and helpful research :o)

Subject: Re: Average time spent waiting
From: bobbie7-ga on 31 Jan 2006 06:26 PST
Dear Diana07,

Thank you very much for the five stars and nice tip! 

I have not located any additional figures yet but if I do I will let you know.


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