More Canadians are feeling caught in a time crunch, struggling to meet the competing demands of work and family, according to a new report.
The report released Tuesday by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing examined the last 15 to 20 years of time use, leisure and culture trends in the country, based largely on data collected by Statistics Canada.
It found that the proportion of men and women who said they were experiencing high levels of time pressure grew from 16.4 per cent in 1992, peaked at 21.9 per cent in 1998 and reached 19.6 per cent in 2005.
The people who felt most pressed for time were single parents with young children. Those who felt the least amount of time pressure were single people 65 or older.
Furthermore, more women than men reported feeling more pressed for time.
"We're using more and more face time, not only on television but [also] the computer … and this leads to a sedentary lifestyle … one where we're not connecting to each other in a meaningful way," Roy Romanow, chair of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing advisory board, told CBC News in an interview Tuesday.
Unless that changes, "we have ourselves a pretty serious crisis here about the quality of life and what and how we should conduct our lives," added Romanow, a former premier of Saskatchewan.