More than 60 per cent of Australians are happy with their leisure time according to a new international survey.
Out of 22 countries surveyed by the GfK Group, Australians ranked seventh with 61 per cent of people aged over 15 claiming to be fairly satisfied or completely satisfied with their free time.
The USA, Canada and the UK were found to be the most satisfied countries with 69 per cent of Americans and 67 per cent of Britons and Canadians content with their work/life balance.
While Russians were the least likely to be happy, with 31 per cent of people saying they were dissatisfied with their lack of leisure time, followed closely by 30 per cent of Japanese people.
Only four per cent of Australians who were surveyed said they were not at all satisfied with their leisure time, with 13 per cent not too satisfied.
James Rahme, a 29-year-old physiotherapist from Belmore, works nearly everyday and with little time off.
“I’m not too satisfied with the leisure time I have,” he said. “It’s limited due to work commitments.”
25-year-old student Vanessa Rebosura studies while she works and also believes leisure time is too short.
“I do relish the time I do get but I feel as though I do have to factor and schedule my leisure time,” she said. “Often at times it feels short lived.”
The study also found that of all the age groups surveyed, 77 per cent of retired people were fairly or completely satisfied.
More than 27,000 people aged 15 years and over were interviewed online for the survey.
– Jion Legaspi
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