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Did You Know: Louisiana Folks Spend More Time On Religious and Leisure Activities

The American Time Use Survey by the US Department of Labor has deduced something that people in Louisiana already pretty much know: yep, we like to lounge, and I guess pray about lounging, or pray while we’re lounging. (I just threw that last bit in.)

Did You Know: Louisiana Folks Spend More Time On Religious and Leisure Activities

Louisianians like to party and have a good time more than any other state in the union. Is it any wonder?

Louisianians like to party and have a good time more than any other state in the union. Is it any wonder?

Now as if the government doesn’t have better things to do and spend our money on than this… but here it is. Besides winning the race in leisure and religious activities we also seem to be on the high end of spending more time grooming and kinda average when it comes to housework. Who’d a thunk it.

And we’re sort of average when it comes to sleep. Well, heck when we’re all wrapped up in leisure activities, namely drinking, eating, partying and lounging who has time for sleep? It seems that our next door neighbor Mississippi does, since they get more sleep then anyone else in the nation, logging in average 9 hours and 8 minutes. Hm, must not be a lot to do there.

An article from the Washington Post lays out the survey in its entirety. Here is an excerpt about the finding in religious activities:

Two words: The South. Southerners are more likely to say religion is “very important” in their lives than people from any other region, so it’s no surprise that they report spending more time per day on religious activities. Utah, with its large Mormon population, also stands out. At the profane end of the spiritual spectrum you have Rhode Island, whose residents report averaging only two minutes per day in spiritual activities, or roughly an eighth of the time spent by people in Louisiana.

Many people around the country think of New Orleans as being this place of debauchery where people come to let it all hang out. That’s the leisure part, as we love to sit on the porch and have a drink in the afternoons. Few realize that this city is actually one of the most spiritual, churchgoing places in the country. It think it’s one of the things that has kept us so resilient. Yep, we like to party, and we also like to pray. It’s a good balance, and that’s who we are.

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