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BookWatch: Southerners are America’s champion TV watchers and Midwesterners work the most

The laid-back Westerner, the hard-driving Easterner and the stolid Midwesterner are U.S. regional stereotypes. Do they hold true in an age of increased television-induced homogenization of American culture? Surprisingly, they still do.

There are striking differences in how people spend their time, especially when we control for other differences, such as education, their age, whether they live in big cities, their race and their ethnicity.

The average American adult works 28 hours per week, spends over 60 hours per week sleeping and 18 hours watching TV, according to an ongoing government survey that collects 1,000 one-day diaries each month from random citizens.

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