Did you see this story in the Sunday papers reporting that mums only get 40 minutes of “me time” a day?
Forty minutes a day - or 4.6 hours a week – sounds like a lot to me.
According to the paper, the pressure to do both jobs well, plus the growing number of extra-curricular activities children do, are stripping time from the busy mother’s schedule.
What the heck is “me time”? Good question, and it’s probably one that most working mums ask. It’s certainly not as though they have it in spades.
According to The Lipstick Economy, 90% of mums go online for me time. This is a US figure, so it may not be relevant for Australian mums, but it makes sense to me.
I used the Internet for social contact a lot when I was on maternity leave. At least, when I wasn’t breastfeeding, washing my daughter’s clothes, washing my clothes she’d thrown up on (reflux baby!) or trying to stop her crying.
I spent a lot of time doing all of those things, so checking Facebook and email was one way of keeping in touch when leaving the house was impossible.
These days me time doesn’t involve sitting in front of a computer, although I am a notorious ‘two screener’. I text or get out the laptop while watching TV. In fact, I’m doing that right now.
I define me time as going for a morning walk, seeing a friend for coffee or getting my nails done. But I don’t get four hours a week!
Time online is still important to me. Some weeks I spend more time with Facebook friends than my real friends.
What do mums do online? According to The Lipstick Economy, we engage with social media and spend money. Going online fills our need for social interaction, self-sufficiency and bargain hunting. Apparently 36% of us are getting bored with what their friends had for dinner last night (yep, that’s me) and are looking for more fulfilling news and content.
Sixty-three percent of mums read articles posted by others, 35% share what they are reading, and 35% post content that others share.
What do you do for me time? How much do you get a day?