WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More Americans are spending more time with family and friends and less time shopping during the recession, a poll indicates.
A New York Times/CBS News poll published in the newspaper Sunday shows that nearly half of U.S. residents said they were spending less time buying non-essentials, while more than half indicated are spending less money in stores and online.
Meanwhile, the poll found that while some Americans are working longer hours, a larger proportion are spending more time than before with family and friends and pursuing such hobbies as gardening, cooking, reading and watching television.
The Times said the poll results mirror a poll performed by the Department of Labor, whose latest time-use surveys indicated that Americans spent less time in 2008 buying goods and services and more time cooking or taking part in "organizational, civic and religious activities" compared with 2005.
The New York Times/CBS News poll included 855 adults, conducted Nov. 6-8, and had a margin of error 3 percentage points.