Wednesday, May 6, 2009

France Has the Right Idea

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that France is the industrialized country where people spend the longest periods sleeping: a daily average of 530 minutes. Americans average 518 minutes and Koreans come in last at 469 minutes.

Not only that, but the French average the most time spent eating and drinking each day, two hours and fifteen minutes worth. Mexico was last, with one hour and six minutes and the U.S. was only two steps higher at one hour and fourteen minutes.

But wait, there's more! The French receive thirty, yes 30 annual days of mandatory paid leave. England gets 20, Japan gets 10, and the U.S. - ha, we have zero. Now I don't know if those 30 days in France includes national holidays like Surrender Day, or if holidays are in addition to the thirty, but hey, 30 days?? That's six work weeks!

Also, I am not sure if the survey about sleep time included government workers sleeping on the job, which would make the U.S. average higher, but it would seem to me that any time spent sleeping on a given day would be part of the total. I wonder if being in a zombie state or daydreaming counts? Or text messaging?

I have to hand it to the French, they know how to make good use of their time! How do those totals compare to your own lives? I have a lot of catching up to do...




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