Time Budgets of Human Behavior. By P. A. Sorokin and C. Q. Burger. ("Harvard Sociological Studies," Vol. XL) Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1959. Pp. xi+104. Si.so. The authors set themselves the important and difficult task of getting continuous 24-bour records of human behavior—what people do (that takes at least five minutes), how long each overt activity takes them, why they do it, with whom they do it, and how well they can predict this behavior a day, a week, or a month in advance. The sample of some four-thousand anonymous records finally used (4 per cent of the schedules sent out) constitutes the two to four weeks behavior of approximately one hundred white-collar W.P.A. workers who were predominantly single, white, of long residence, female (79 per cent), and young (60 per cent between seventeen and twenty-three).
Since the records were kept in the participant's own words, the analysis