Time Scarcity and Its Implications for Leisure Behavior and Leisure Delivery


  • David Scott


Time scarcity, leisure behavior, leisure delivery


Time scarcity is one of the great problems facing Americans in the last 30 years. Time scarcity stems from the segmentation of work and leisure, our ability to consume many consumer goods, an information explosion, a quest for efficiency, and the inability of free time to keep pace with increasing demands. When confronted with time scarcity, people seek to maximize their leisure time by engaging in goods-intensive behavior, pursuing activities simultaneously or more quickly, using time more precisely, and becoming more self-directed in behavior. Leisure service agencies must respond to people's need to save time. Some general methods for doing this include providing people opportunities to make reservations, insuring convenience in program offerings, providing more opportunities for short, self directed leisure experiences, providing complete information about time requirements, and improving the overall quality of life in communities.





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