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How nonemployed Americans spend their days

I know there are a number of fellow unemployeds here on GT. There's an interesting NYT piece here.

There's a lot of shame attached to unemployment (or maybe I'm projecting). I know I'm keenly aware that the US government is supporting me right now and I feel guilty when I take some time for myself or when I don't spend hours every day looking for work. Intellectually, I know that unemployment is stressful and I have a lot of other major stressors in my life right now and if I don't take some time for me I'll lose my mind. I also know that there is only so much I can do to look for work, particularly since I work in a field that's narrower than others and I can't force jobs to come open.


Unemployment is also very isolating, so it's good to see that the ways I spend my time aren't unusual.


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