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Respondent activities are recorded as six-digit numbers (ACTIVITY). The first two digits correspond to a broad category, the middle two to a more detailed subcategory, and the final two to a specific activity within those categories. Users may select any combination of activities from the activity hierarchy to create time use variables.

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The time of day filter allows users to restrict the time use variable currently being created to a particular range of time during the day. The default selection is all times, meaning that the times spent in each of the selected activities (given other filter selections) are added together regardless of when during the day the activities occurred. When a time of day filter is applied, only time spent in the activities (given other filter selections) during the time range specified is returned. For example, researchers may want to look at time spent between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a specified set of activities.

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Secondary activities occur at the same time as primary activities. Secondary activites available in the ATUS include child care (2003+), eating (2006-2008, 2014-2016) and drinking (2006-2008 only), and eldercare (2011+). By applying secondary activity filters, only time spent during the primary activities in which the secondary activity also occurred will be aggregated to create a time use variable. Secondary activity filters may not be applied together. Users who are unfamiliar with how the secondary activity filters work should consult the additional documentation provided.

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The location filter (WHERE) allows users to restrict the time use variable currently being created to a particular set of places or modes of transportation. The default selection is all locations, meaning that the times spent in each of the selected activities (given other filter selections) are added together regardless of where the activities occurred. When a location filter is applied, only times spent in the activities (given other filter selections) and locations specified are added together.

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The with whom filter allows users to restrict the time use variable currently being created to those that occurred alone or with specified others (see RELATEW). The default selection is no specifications, meaning that the times spent in each of the selected activities (given other filter selections) are added together regardless of who was present during the activities.

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Present Does Not Matter Not Present Relationship
Household members
Spouse [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Spouse [not meeting specification]
Unmarried partner [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Unmarried partner [not meeting specification]
Own household child [meeting specification]
Cog go Specify Age and Sex Cog delete Remove Age and Sex

Age Range: to
Own household child [not meeting specification]
Grandchild [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Grandchild [not meeting specification]
Parent [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Parent [not meeting specification]
Brother sister [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Brother sister [not meeting specification]
Other related person [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other related person [not meeting specification]
Foster child [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Foster child [not meeting specification]
Housemate, roommate [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Housemate, roommate [not meeting specification]
Roomer, boarder [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Roomer, boarder [not meeting specification]
Other nonrelative [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other nonrelative [not meeting specification]
Own non-household child under 18 [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Own non-household child under 18 [not meeting specification]
Other non-household people
Parents (not living in household) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Parents (not living in household) [not meeting specification]
Other non-household family members under 18 [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other non-household family members under 18 [not meeting specification]
Other non-household family members 18 and older (including parents-in-law) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other non-household family members 18 and older (including parents-in-law) [not meeting specification]
Friends [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Friends [not meeting specification]
Co-workers, colleagues, clients (non-work activities only) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Co-workers, colleagues, clients (non-work activities only) [not meeting specification]
Neighbors, acquaintances [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Neighbors, acquaintances [not meeting specification]
Other non-household children under 18 [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other non-household children under 18 [not meeting specification]
Other non-household adults 18 and older [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Other non-household adults 18 and older [not meeting specification]
Boss or manager (work activities only, 2010+) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Boss or manager (work activities only, 2010+) [not meeting specification]
People whom I supervise (work activities only, 2010+) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
People whom I supervise (work activities only, 2010+) [not meeting specification]
Co-workers (work activities only, 2010+) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Co-workers (work activities only, 2010+) [not meeting specification]
Customers (work activities only, 2010+) [meeting specification]

Age Range: to
Customers (work activities only, 2010+) [not meeting specification]

Name indicates what your variable will be called in your data file. Label is the label associated with the variable you created. Description is not delivered with your data file; it is an optional field that you may use to describe the variable in greater detail and to store relevant notes.




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