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ONS Time Use Study

The ONS Time Use Study is a study which aims to find out how different people across England, Scotland and Wales spend their time. Understanding how people spend their time can help to improve services and guide policies that affect people like you.

The online time use study is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to measure how people feel, and how they use their time. Knowing how people feel makes it possible for life to be improved in many ways. That could mean better services, better health initiatives or more action on loneliness or other issues of public concern.

Taking part in the study is a great opportunity for people to show the reality of life and how that varies across different groups of people. Don’t worry, your data will be kept anonymous and secure.

Measurement of what matters most to people is hard to keep up with and for that reason the survey is designed to capture life in detail. To reduce the time it takes you to complete the study, ONS are requesting information about just two of your days.

This detailed type of study is nothing new and is called a time-use study and has been carried out in the past. The last to be run in the UK was in 2014, but this new study is particularly focussed on how the internet is affecting life and whether life is getting better or worse overall.