As an individual’s free time increases, so does that person’s sense of well-being—but only up to a point. Too much free time can also be a bad thing, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
The researchers found that as free time increased, so did well-being, but it leveled off at about two hours and began to decline after five.
Correlations in both directions were statistically significant.
Researchers analyzed the data from 21,736 Americans
The researchers also analyzed data from 13,639 working Americans
higher levels of free time were significantly associated with higher levels of well-being
but only up to a point. After that, excess free time was not associated with greater well-being.
Participants in both the low and high discretionary time groups reported lower well-being than the moderate discretionary time group.
those with a moderate amount, contributing to lower well-being, but those with high levels of free time felt less productive than those in the moderate group
and reported their sense of well-being.
but it leveled off at about two hours and began to decline after five. Correlations in both directions were statistically significant.
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