That Special Joie de Vivre

The OECD has released its Society at a Glance survey, which reveals some interesting social trends in OECD member countries. Floyd Norris points out that countries with fast eaters, including all of North America, have higher economic growth rates than slow-eating countries like France. In addition to leisurely meals, the French also enjoy the most sleep — 530 minutes on average compared to 469 minutes for Koreans. Gender inequality seems to be highest in Italy, where men have nearly 80 more minutes of leisure time a day than women due to less time spent on housework. (HT: Marginal Revolution) [%comments]

Eric M. Jones

The OECD data is facinating. I do notice that the eating-time issue is a minor detail. There are far more significant Childhood Poverty. The US is almost at the bottom of this dreadful heap.... only Turkey, Mexico and Poland have larger percentages of children in poverty. This unfortunately speaks volumes about America's future.

Worth studying!


9 hours of sleep per night is France's national average? That is insane! As an American doing that, I would feel like a lazy bastard.


Whoops. I guess I should have looked at the data before posting. I might have realized that, as an average American, I'd sleep just under 9 hours a night, second only to France.

(Sorry about that - I guess I'm just tired).