The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has issued a new report on the changing patterns in parental time use and their implications for parental wellbeing.
Funded by the Economic Social Research Council and drawing on data from the UK Time Use Survey, it is the most in-depth, nationally representative time use study in the UK on how mothers’ and fathers’ time use has changed over the past 15 years and the time pressures parents face today.
Key findings include:
- One-third of mothers (33%) reported always feeling rushed, compared with just under one-quarter of fathers (24%).
- Mothers’ time was also more fragmented than fathers. Mothers switched from one activity to another every 38 minutes throughout the day, excluding time spent sleeping or in paid work, while fathers switched activities every 43 minutes.
- Single mothers spent less time multitasking and their time was less fragmented compared with mothers in dual full-time earner households; however, they did not feel any less rushed.
- Multitasking and fragmentation were greater among parents with an undergraduate degree or higher compared with parents without a degree.