Percentage of 15 to 64 year olds reporting high levels of time pressure

What it measures

Dimension: Tempo

This indicator measures the percentage of Canadian adults who experience high levels of time pressure. The concept of time pressure, time crunch, or time stress refers to feeling rushed or not having enough time to accomplish everything you need to in a day. Time pressure was highest during the late 1990s, and has slowly decreased since that time. Generally, women report higher levels of time pressure than men, beginning during the teenage years and continuing throughout the life course.

Why this matters

Time pressure is associated with feelings of stress and can have a negative influence on happiness and life satisfaction. Research has shown that people who often feel pressed for time have lower feelings of emotional wellbeing and more trouble sleeping than people who do not feel pressed for time. Consequently, having lower levels of time pressure is better for wellbeing.

Data source

Statistics Canada General Social Survey, Time Use cycles

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