On average, Americans reported more than 5 hours (300 minutes) of free time per day, and most of this time was spent watching TV or using electronic devices, such as smartphones or computers.

“There is a general perception among the public and even public health professionals that a lack of leisure time is a major reason that Americans do not get enough physical activity,” study co-author Dr. Deborah Cohen, a physician-researcher at RAND, said in a statement. “But we found no evidence for those beliefs.”

The authors used a fairly strict definition of what counts as “free time.” For example, they excluded activities such as grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, eating, sleeping, self-care (i.e., grooming) and playing with children.