Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Social Activities

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2


In the last twelve months, about how often, if at all, did you spend time emailing friends or family, in chat rooms or in an online discussion over the Internet? (SA_31)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
1) Never103539.6
2) A few times2148.2
3) Once a month1114.3
4) 2-3 times a month1917.3
5) Once a week1796.9
6) 2-3 days a week32912.6
7) 4-5 days a week1525.8
8) Every day or nearly every day39915.3
TOTAL2611100.0
In an average day on the Internet, about how many hours or minutes do you spend e-mailing friends or family, in chat rooms or in an on-line discussion over the Internet? (SA_32)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused10
0) None109642
1) 1-5 minutes1987.6
2) 6-10 minutes1405.4
3) 11-15 minutes1586.1
4) 16-30 minutes40215.4
5) 31-59 minutes401.5
6) 1 hour36714.1
7) 2 hours1244.8
8) 3 hours341.3
9) 4 hours14.5
10) 5 hours21.8
11) More than 5 hours15.6
TOTAL2610100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you socialized with coworkers outside of work? (SA_COWRK)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10.4
0) Never100738.7
1) Once853.3
2) 2-4 times35413.6
3) 5-9 times26010
4) Once a month35113.5
5) Twice a month26110
6) Once a week1194.6
7) More than once a week1586.1
Missing4 
TOTAL2605100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you exercised with a friend or family member, such as walking, aerobics, or swimming, or participated in a recreational activity with others? (E.g., bowling, golf, tennis, hunting) (SA_EXRSC)
TOTAL%
0) Never50419.3
1) Once451.7
2) 2-4 times2017.7
3) 5-9 times1967.5
4) Once a month30511.7
5) Twice a month37614.4
6) Once a week33813
7) More than once a week64424.7
TOTAL2609100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you visited family in person or had them visit you? (SA_FAMLY)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know2.1
0) Never863.3
1) Once863.3
2) 2-4 times26910.3
3) 5-9 times30511.7
4) Once a month36213.9
5) Twice a month39915.3
6) Once a week45017.2
7) More than once a week65225
TOTAL2611100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you had friends over to your home? (SA_FRNDS)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10
0) Never2509.6
1) Once481.8
2) 2-4 times30311.6
3) 5-9 times28711
4) Once a month51019.5
5) Twice a month51019.5
6) Once a week30511.7
7) More than once a week39615.2
TOTAL2610100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you played card or board games with others? (SA_GAMES)
TOTAL%
0) Never74428.5
1) Once1003.8
2) 2-4 times45817.6
3) 5-9 times32412.4
4) Once a month36714.1
5) Twice a month27410.5
6) Once a week1616.2
7) More than once a week1816.9
TOTAL2609100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you attended any public meeting in which there was discussion of local government issues, or school or other community affairs? (SA_MEET)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10
0) Never136952.5
1) Once2499.5
2) 2-4 times51819.9
3) 5-9 times2228.5
4) Once a month1535.9
5) Twice a month612.3
6) Once a week24.9
7) More than once a week12.5
TOTAL2609100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you spent time with friends at a park, shopping mall, or other public place? (SA_PUBLC)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10
0) Never40115.4
1) Once642.5
2) 2-4 times32612.5
3) 5-9 times31812.2
4) Once a month49519
5) Twice a month45717.5
6) Once a week2589.9
7) More than once a week28611
Missing3 
TOTAL2606100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you attended a small group that meets regularly and provides support or caring for those who participate in it? (SA_SMGRP)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10
0) Never160061.3
1) Once421.6
2) 2-4 times1596.1
3) 5-9 times1616.2
4) Once a month2188.4
5) Twice a month1666.4
6) Once a week1525.8
7) More than once a week1104.2
TOTAL2609100.0
About how many times in the past twelve months have you volunteered for a project that helps people in the local community? (SA_VOLPR)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know10
0) Never138553.1
1) Once1796.9
2) 2-4 times40515.5
3) 5-9 times1927.4
4) Once a month2067.9
5) Twice a month1174.5
6) Once a week732.8
7) More than once a week522
TOTAL2610100.0


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