Monday: You drag your aching, sluggish body into work and begin the long countdown to the weekend. Tuesday: Is it really only Tuesday? This week is going to take forever. Wednesday: Halfway there! Thursday: Start making plans, we’re close. Friday: It’s finally here! The clock strikes six, and you grab your things and leg it out of there. What will you do first? The possibilities are endless!

Then Saturday rolls around and… suddenly it’s Monday again. Where did the weekend go?

It seems like more than a few adults are wondering the same thing, as revealed in a recent poll which asked 200 Japanese working males in their 20s and 30s the following question: “What are the top 10 things that leave you feeling you’ve wasted your days off?” Number five might just be too perfect for words.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at which time-sapping non-activities these 200 adults cited as the worst offenders on their days off (and if they’re working anything like this guy, those days are few and far between).

Rest Day Time Wasters: Top 10

1. Flipping channels/watching DVDs (271 points)

2. Surfing the web (248)

3. Going back to sleep/naps (197)

4. Getting lost in manga (100)

5. Unconsciously staring off into space (96) [Do you want to talk??]

6. Getting caught up in smartphone games (63)

7. Playing console games (56)

8. Downloading adult videos (45) [Guys, it’s 2015. Stream. I mean… How disgraceful!]

9. Social media (26)

10. Casual drinking (20)

Looking at the results, it appears that television is the biggest drain on the polled adults’ hard-earned free time. Though one might wonder about the psychological effects of prolonged exposure to endless cooking programs, television does, admittedly, provide a reliable buzz in exchange for almost no effort at all–which is exactly what many adults want after a grueling workweek.

As for the number-five pick… what is there to say? Whether you’re soaking in the shower or peeling oranges, sometimes your eyes suddenly glaze over and your brain goes on lunch break. Before you know it, you realize you’ve spent the last hour staring at a stretch of wallpaper. But would you ever list this as how you spent a portion of your weekend?

▼ Who am I, and why am I standing here?


The same poll also went further in depth regarding some of the top time wasters, with the subjects explaining why they are unable to refrain from these activities despite their best efforts.

 1. Flipping channels/watching DVDs

“If there’s something interesting on TV, I end up watching it; it’s relaxing, so I leave it playing.” (39 years old)

“Somehow time just seems to pass as I’m watching.” (31)

“It’s because there’s a backlog of stuff I recorded.” (29)

2. Surfing the web

“I have nothing to do, so I’m looking for some amusement.” (30)

“Without realizing it, I follow up on a link that caught my eye.” (35)

“There’s nothing else to do, so I get caught up in the Internet.” (29)

3. Going back to sleep/naps

“I want to be more productive, but I’m so tired I don’t have any energy.” (36)

“I have nothing to do, so there’s no reason to get up early.” (29)

“It’s in those moments that I feel the joy of time off.” (28)

4. Getting lost in manga

“If I read one volume I end up reading the rest.” (34)

5. Unconsciously staring off into space

“I can’t decide what I should do.” (24)

Ultimately, the root cause of these adults’ wasted free time seems to be free time itself. One might even argue that inside every adult is the same former child who waited impatiently for the start of summer vacation, only to find himself in the throes of boredom two weeks later. Call it human nature.

Source: [Niconico News] via Hachima Kikou
Images: Flickr/Stevie Gill, Flickr/José Manuel Ríos Valiente