>Fascinated by how we spend—and waste—our most precious commodity, journalist Lesley Alderman gathered the sometimes-surprising stats for her debut, The Book of Times. A few fast facts:
1 day: How long jet lag lasts
That’s per time zone crossed. And going east is harder on your body than going west.
3 seconds: How long a hug lasts
“Humans tend to do a number of things in 3-second episodes, like goodbye waves,” says Alderman. “We have a rhythm.”
2 years: How long before the romance fades
“According to research on brain chemicals, the passionate kind of love wanes after the 1- to 2- year mark.”
4.5 years: How long it takes kids to hit maximum cuteness
A survey of children ages 0 to 6 found 4½-year-olds the most adorable. “And they better be,” says Alderman, “because they’re so difficult!”
144.5 hours: How much TV we watch per month
“People say they’re most happy doing things that are active, so it’s alarming how much TV we watch.”
7.8 hours: How much time dads spend on child care per week
Moms clock almost double this, but dads’ involvement is up from just 2.6 hours in 1985.