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Schoolwork, Paid Jobs, and Leisure Activities

by Expert Prof.Tonny.PHD | 15 Mar 2017

There is a substantial discrepancy in the "number of hours" adolescents or young people use up in compensated employment "across different countries" (Santrock, 2008, p. 431).

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In fact, young people in the United States work more hours as compared to the others living in other countries (Santrock, 2008, p. 431). In addition to that, according to official tabulation, young people whose gender are biologically males work more than that of the females; the females are usually helping out in their houses own chores, which is usually an unpaid job, of course (Santrock, 2008, p. 431).

Meanwhile, statistical information gathered show that young people from "China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan" utilize ten percent more time on studying as compared with those in the United States (Santrock, 2008, p. 431). In fact, young people in "China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan" utilize five and a half hours to seven and a half hours focusing only on "schoolwork" while those in the United States only spare three to four and a half hours for it (Santrock, 2008, p. 432).

On the other hand, in terms of time spent on "leisure activities", young people who dwell in "China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan" spend only twenty five to thirty five percent of their time on such (Santrock, 2008, p. 431). Young people in Europe however spend approximately thirty five to forty five percent of their time on "leisure activities" (Santrock, 2008, p. 431). The aforementioned is much lesser than the time spent by young people in the United States since they spend forty to fifty percent on "leisure activities" (Santrock, 2008, p. 431). For instance, young people in the United States hang out with their friends/acquaintances a lot, they also play games/sports, engage in hobbies, use different forms of "media", and interact with others by joining certain organizations (Santrock, 2008, p. 432). This is much different with the manner East Asian young people spend their "leisure time" (Santrock, 2008, p. 432).

Young people, then in the US and other regions of the world differ in terms of the time they spend on "schoolwork, compensated jobs, as well as, leisure activities".

Reference

  • Santrock, J. (2008). Adolescence, 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
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