Rabat – In 2012, Moroccans dedicated 6 hours and 40 minutes of their day to free time. Activities like surfing the internet and watching television took up the most time, according to a survey by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP).The survey reveals how Moroccans spend their free time.The study, conducted between 2011 and 2012, shows that Moroccans spend 84 percent of their free time doing six principal practices: Watching television (2 hours 14 minutes), religious practices (59 minutes), napping (43 minutes), idleness (38 minutes), discussions (37 minutes), and hosting or visiting (26 minutes). Moroccans aged 15 and above spend on average 2 hours and 14 minutes watching television, or 33.6 percent of their free time. They only spend 2 minutes in practicing sports or reading.Read also: HCP: Moroccans’ Health Coverage Depends on Gender, Age and GeographyChildren devote 3 hours daily to watching television, an average of 43.6 percent of their free time. However, they only spend 2 minutes practicing sports and one minute reading.Social media networks are the main platforms children use on the internet, while they only devote 5 percent of their internet usage to educational research.Children spend more time browsing, an average of 12 minutes daily, surpassing adults whose daily average browsing is 4 minutes.Television, radio, and internet are the youth’s major means of opening up to the rest of the world. Sixty-eight percent of youth stated they watch television or listen to the radio on a regular basis.Internet use was moderate among youth in 2012. As many as 61.8 percent of men never used it, compared to 77.8 percent of women.
The Police today released a sketch of one of the assailants of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and sought public assistance to identify the suspect.The Police media unit said that the sketch was drawn based on information provided by eyewitnesses. The suspect is believed to be around 35 years of age, just over 5 feet tall, fair in complexion with brown eyes.Anyone with reliable information on the suspect can contact 011-2422176, 011-2380380, 071-8305528, 071-8349505, 077-3291500 or 071-8070207. (Colombo Gazette)