What are workforce dropouts doing with all that time? Hint: Nothing exciting

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My daydreams about dropping out of the day-to-day grind veer in one of three directions. I’d be adventurous (surf Central America, rock climb Utah), or practical (clean the house, get the kids to their activities 10 minutes early), or altruistic (volunteer at a soup kitchen, walk dogs at an animal shelter).

Alas, the reality for dudes who don’t work is far more mundane. What do able-bodied men who opt out of working really do? Watch a lot of TV, according to a new study by White House economists.

The report looked at the long-term decline in labor force participation among men ages 25 to 54 and found that they spend no more time on adventure, practicality or altruism than their employed brethren. But they devote far more time to watching TV — 335 minutes, or nearly six hours, a day, compared to 154 minutes for men in the work force.

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