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Morocco: 2 Hours Watching TV, 2 Minutes Reading, Exercising

In 2018, Moroccans dedicated 6 hours and 40 minutes of their day to free time. Activities like surfing the internet and watching television took up the most time, according to a survey by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP).

The survey reveals how Moroccans spend their free time.

The study, conducted between 2017 and 2018, shows that Moroccans spend 84 percent of their free time doing six principal practices: Watching television (2 hours 14 minutes), religious practices (59 minutes), napping (43 minutes), idleness (38 minutes), discussions (37 minutes), and hosting or visiting (26 minutes).

Moroccans aged 15 and above spend on average 2 hours and 14 minutes watching television, or 33.6 percent of their free time. They only spend 2 minutes in practicing sports or reading.

Children devote 3 hours daily to watching television, an average of 43.6 percent of their free time. However, they only spend 2 minutes practicing sports and one minute reading.

Social media networks are the main platforms children use on the internet, while they only devote 5 percent of their internet usage to educational research.

Children spend more time browsing, an average of 12 minutes daily, surpassing adults whose daily average browsing is 4 minutes.

Television, radio, and internet are the youth’s major means of opening up to the rest of the world. Sixty-eight percent of youth stated they watch television or listen to the radio on a regular basis.

Internet use was moderate among youth in 2018. As many as 61.8 percent of men never used it, compared to 77.8 percent of women.

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