The figures, from the Office of National Statistics, show that only 20% of people's time is spent doing things with their partner.
The main shared activity is watching TV, which takes up an average of 54 minutes a day. Eating and housekeeping also take up large amounts of shared time.
Cohabiting couples spend less time together than those who are married, and having children cuts the amount of time couples spend together by around one and a half hours a day
By the time you've done your job, sorted out all the chores, ferried yourself and your family everywhere you need to go and coped with all the new challenges of the day, there's not much time left for anything else. We're all busier than ever before; we all lead several lives, as partners, parents, employees, carers... The world bombards us with new information every second, and it's no wonder that so many of us feel stressed as we try to juggle all the different parts of our lives. It's all too easy to feel out of control, and to end every day exhausted - fit for nothing more than 26 minutes of calm...
There is a solution.
Mind trainer and memory expert Jonathan Hancock describes it as a 'life-changing secret'.
'Learn how to use your brain properly, and you can start to regain control over your life. You plan better, you become more efficient, you do things at the right time and you stop making frustrating mistakes. You begin to feel confident in your ability to handle all the information coming your way.'
His new project, memorypower.org, is designed to teach everyone a new way of using their memory. 'You switch on both sides of your brain, and you unleash some awesome power! You've got everything you need in there to learn all the names, times, date, numbers and lists you need to organise yourself. Plus you open up your imagination, start enjoying learning, and use your mind to help you relax and stay serene, whatever's going on in your life.'
A busy broadcaster, author and father of two young children, Jonathan believes everyone can benefit immediately, however stressed they're feeling. 'For more than ten years I've been training people from four to eighty-four to start using their memories properly. I've not found anyone who didn't amaze themselves with what they could do.'
Now for the first time ever Jonathan's complete guide to using your memory is available to download from memorypower.org. The approach is down-to-earth, practical and fun, but the results are dramatic: the ability to stay in control of your time, the jobs you have to do, the places you have to be, times, dates, names... as well as the power to handle all the new information you're faced with every day. Learn the skills to write and speak memorably... discover the secrets of success in interviews and exams... encourage youngsters to develop the best habits early on... and get hold of the best strategies for achieving true memory confidence, now and for the rest of your life.
Learn how to remember your past, manage your present and plan your future using both sides of your brain. Achieve more and enjoy more by learning how to unleash the power of your mind.
Take control of your life by taking control of your memory
At the age of 16, Jonathan Hancock invented a system for memorizing playing-cards and broke the first of his two Guinness World Records. For three years running he was ranked as the best in the world at remembering names and faces. In 1994 he became the youngest ever World Memory Champion. He has used his memory skills to achieve a First from Oxford University, and to pursue a successful career as a broadcaster with the BBC.
Jonathan has written six books about memory and learning, including Maximise Your Memory (Reader's Digest) and Mindpower System (Hodder). A consultant to telecommunications and entertainment companies, he also runs memory training courses in business and education, and has appeared on radio and television around the world as an expert on memory improvement.