1000 MEDIA AND COMPUTING
This category captures time the respondent spend in reading, using media, and computers. This includes reading books (1081), reading periodicals (1082), reading newspapers (1083), listening to music, CD etc (1084), listening to the radio (1085), watching TV, video (1086), writing by hand (1087), having a conversation, using a phone, texting (1088), and using a computer (1089).
1081 READ BOOKS
This comprises of time reading books.
Activity Coding Rules1985: This is time being read to or listening to a story.
2003+: This period includes time in reading for personal interest with the following category examples:
Being read to
Borrowing books from the library
Browsing at the library
Checking out library books
Flipping/leafing through magazine
Listening to books on tape
Reading a book on a Kindle or other electronic book reader (personal interest) (2011+)
Reading a magazine/book
Reading the Bible
Reading the newspaper
Returning library books
2011+: This includes reading a book on a Kindle or other electronic book reader as a category example as well.
1082 READ PERIODICALS
This comprises of time reading magazines, pamphlets etc.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66: This is time spent reading reviews, periodicals, pamphlets and reading magazines.
1975-76, 1985: This is time spent reading pamphlets and magazines as well as reading other types of unspecified media.
2003+: Not available for this period.
1083 READ NEWSPAPERS
This is time spent reading newspapers and is not available for the period post 2003.
1084 LISTEN TO MUSIC (CD ETC.)
This comprises of time listening to music in various medium.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66: This is time spent listening to and playing records.
1975-76: This is time spent listening to music and records.
1985: The period comprises of time spent listening to records, tapes, listening to music, listening to others playing a musical instrument, and recording music.
2003+: This period includes the following category examples:
Listening to recorded music
Listening to records/CDs/DVDs/tapes
Listening to someone play the piano
Playing musical instrument (leisure)
Tuning musical instruments
2004+: This period includes the following category examples:
2005+: This period also includes composing music as a category example.
1085 LISTEN TO RADIO
This activity includes time spent listening to radio.
Activity Coding Rules1985: This period also includes time radio transmitting (i.e. CB radio, shortwave).
2003+: This period includes the following category examples:
Listening to a radio talk show
Listening to music on the radio
Listening to public radio
Listening to the top ten on the radio
1086 WATCH TELEVISION, VIDEO
This comprises of time watching TV and videos.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66, 1975-76: This is time spent watching television.
1985: This is time spent watching cable TV, TV, VCR, and home movies.
2003+: This period includes time spent watching television and movies (non-religious) as well as watching religious TV:
Borrowing movies from the library
Returning movies to library
Rewinding a tape or DVD (2003-2004)
Setting TiVo/DVR (2011+)
Setting the VCR or DVD player
Watching a DVD/video/instructional video
Watching home movies/home videos
Watching TV/DVDs on computer (personal interest) (2011+)
Watching videos on YouTube (2011+)
2011+: This period includes the following category examples as well:
Watching TV/DVDs on computer
Watching videos on YouTube
1087 WRITING BY HAND
This comprises of time writing letters or correspondences.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66, 1975-76: This is time spent writing private correspondence and letters.
1985: This period comprises of time reading/writing letters, reading mail, as well as typing.
2003+: The post 2003 period includes time on household and personal mail and messages (except for emails):
Bringing in newspaper/mail
Checking phone messages
Checking to see if mail came
Getting mail in
Looking at/checking mail
Mailing letters, payments
Mailing/picking up letters
Mailing/picking up packages
Sending express mail
Sending reg./cert. packages/mail
Signing for certified mail
Throwing away junk mail
2004+: We also have the following category examples for this period:
Addressing holiday cards
Writing Christmas cards
1088 CONVERSATION, PHONE, TEXTING
This captures time in conversations.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66: This is time spent in conversations, including phone conversations.
1975-76: This is time spent in phone conversations, face-to-face conversations, and conversation with household members.
1985: The period includes time in activities relating to the following category examples:
Placing local calls
Receiving local calls
Placing long distance calls
Receiving long distance calls
Visiting by phone
Conversations with household members only – adults only or children and adults
Arguing or fighting with people other than household members only, household and non-household members, or unknown
Arguing or fighting with household members only
Being disciplined, spanked, bawled out for misbehaving
Receiving instructions, orders
2003+: This period includes time on telephone calls to/from family members, telephone calls to/from friends, neighbors, or acquaintances as well as other unidentified phone calls.
Talking on phone to relatives, boyfriend, girlfriend
Talking on phone to fiancée
Talking on phone to friends/neighbors/acquaintances
2011+: This period also includes time skyping with family members.
1089 USE COMPUTER
This captures time using a computer for various activities.
Activity Coding Rules1965-66, 1975-76: Not available for this period.
1985: This includes using a computer, using a computer for education, computer games for children and adults, and other computer use.
2003+: This period includes time in household and personal email and messages as well as computer use for leisure (excluding games)
Browsing on the internet
Computer use, leisure
Computer use, unspecified
Downloading files, music, pictures
Participating in a chat room
Surfing the internet
Surfing the web
2006+: The period also includes the category example: burning CDs.
2011+: This also includes time checking Facebook, Myspace, or other social networking Web sites, and using Twitter or tweeting.