10,000 households wanted for survey on time usage in 2022

IThose interested can now register for the time use survey (ZVE) under the motto “Where is the time?”

Press release No. 468 from October 5, 2021

WIESBADEN – How much time do people in Germany have for friends and family besides work, school or household? How much time do young and old spend every day using smartphones, television and other media? The time use survey, or ZVE for short, provides answers to these and other questions. Under the motto “Where’s the time?”, The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), together with the statistical offices of the federal states, will carry out the next ZVE from January to December 2022. We are looking for 10,000 households to take part in the voluntary survey. As a thank you, you will receive a cash bonus of at least 35 euros.

App facilitates participation and diary entries on the go

The daily routine can be documented very conveniently in an app that was specially developed for the ZVE. The app also works offline and can be used on both smartphones and computers. The “classic” participation via a paper questionnaire is also possible. All participants from the age of ten record their complete daily routines in a diary over three days – from work or school to hobbies, media use, travel times by car, bus, train or on foot to shopping, childcare and voluntary activities. In addition, the participants answer a few questions about the household, about the person and about their personal sense of time.

The ZVE offers participants the opportunity to get an overview of their daily routine and to record precisely: “Where’s the time?” In addition, there is a cash bonus of 15 euros per household and an additional 20 euros per household member aged ten and over as a thank you .

Registrations for participation in ZVE 2022 are now possible at www.zve2022.de/teilnahme. The time slot for the three diary days is allocated to the participants. A sample is drawn from all registered households for each quarter according to a quota plan. This means that before the start of the ZVE, it is determined for each federal state on the basis of the population structure, for example, how many couple households with children, how many households of single parents, how many single people etc. are required for the sample. This is used to realistically depict the population.

Important data basis for socio-political measures

The ZVE provides information on how much time people in Germany spend on different areas of life. “The data is an important basis for preparing and evaluating measures to improve work-life balance, for example. The ZVE is particularly interested in the scope of “care work”, i.e. unpaid work such as housework, child care, volunteering or caring for relatives, ”explains Nelli Krüger, who accompanies the ZVE at the Federal Statistical Office. There is no other official data source from which this information can be obtained. The ZVE thus makes the volume of unpaid work visible like no other survey. On the basis of the data from the ZVE, for example, the “Gender Care Gap” is calculated as an indicator for equality between men and women. The data of the last ZVE from 2012/13 shows that women spend a good 50% more time on unpaid care work than men. The data from the ZVE 2022 will show what has changed in this area, among other things, over the past ten years.

As with all surveys of official statistics, data protection and confidentiality are comprehensively guaranteed. All information is treated with strict confidentiality and used exclusively for statistical purposes.

The statistical offices of the federal and state governments thank you for the support from the population!

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