6 Graphs Everyone Needs To See: Who We Spend Our Time With Over The Course Of Our Lives

December 7, 2022

Remember: Time is our most precious asset.

Sahil Bloom recently came across data on who we spend our time with over the course of our lives. He shared the data on Twitter along with his key takeaways that will surely stay with you long after you read this.

"Here are 6 graphs everyone needs to see," he said.

Time Spent With Family

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Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• Time with family is limited.

• Time with parents declines sharply after age 20.

• You may only see your loved ones a few more times.

Prioritize and cherish every moment.

Time Spent With Friends

time spent with others
Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• Embrace friendship breadth, but focus on depth.

• Cherish those who are with you through good times and bad.

Invest your energy in the healthy, meaningful friendships that last.

 

Time Spent With Partner

time spent with others
Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• Who you choose as a partner is the most important decision you'll ever make.

• Find someone you genuinely enjoy spending time with.

Never settle for less than love.

Time Spent With Children

time spent with others
Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• Time with your children is short—the "Magic Years" will fly by if you let them.

• Be present in every moment.

Slow down and embrace the sweetness that children bring to your life.

Time Spent With Coworkers

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Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• You'll spend a lot of time at work.

• Who you choose to work with is one of the most important decisions you'll make.

Find work—and coworkers—that create energy in your life.

Time Spent Alone

time spent with others
Credit: American Time Use Survey

Bloom's key takeaways:

• Learn to embrace solitude.

• Flex your boredom muscle regularly.

Find happiness and joy in the time you have to yourself—there will be a whole lot of it as you get older.

time spent with others
Credit: American Time Use Survey

In summary, he says:

1. Family time is limited—cherish it.
2. Friend time is limited—prioritize real ones.
3. Partner time is significant—never settle.
4. Children time is precious—be present.
5. Coworker time is significant—find energy.
6. Alone time is highest—love yourself.

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