When a colleague asked working mother Colleen Kleven when the last time was that she went out on a Saturday night, she had to go back 11 months in her datebook. Years later, the 52-year-old remembers that moment as her wake-up call.
“I realized: ‘I’m not just on the bottom of my priority list; I’m not even on the list anymore,’” says Kleven, a public relations specialist from Sudbury, Ont.
Statistics Canada reports that the proportion of women taking part in social activities has declined from 70% to 62% since 1998, marked by such trends as fewer face-to-face and phone interactions with friends or relatives. Paradoxically, however, women are less likely to say they don’t have enough time for friends or family: 36% in 2010, compared to 41% in 1998, according to the stats.