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Conference Paper International Association for Time-Use Research Conference

Barking Mad: implications of spending time with animals

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18 Aug 2006

Abstract

Pets tend to get a bad press. Trends towards living in smaller households, spending more time away from home, and striving for an ever more sanitised environment have lead to a decline in the presence of companion animals. As people shed connections with other living creatures, they have tended to increasingly view domestic pets as befoulers of pavements and green spaces as well as producers of hairs which allegedly cause asthma among children. This paper examines the impact of living with domestic pets on daily activity patterns using three data sets, comparing the daily activity patterns, particularly time in travel, time in paid and unpaid work, time alone, degree of social interaction, time in physical activities, of people living in households which have dogs or other domestic companion animals compared with those who live apart from animals in time diary studies conducted in the American Heritage Time Use Study (AHTUS).

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