The JW's annual report has lots of numbers to consider, but this one is probably the most misquoted and misrepresented by them.
1, 500, 000, 000 hours in the field (Note: That's time in the field, not talking to interested ones)
Now, they can write their own rules on how to fill out a Field Service Report. It is their organization, and if they want to start the clock while brushing the teeth, that's fine by me.
But what I've commonly seen DO's, CO's, and Elders share from the platform is something like this:"Witnesses worldwide spent 1.5 Billion hours witnessing to people in the door to door work" That, is a misrepresentation and exasgeration of the facts. And yet, that is what they want people to perceive.
The reality? It is far, far, less than that.
Its been 13 years since I've been in the JW field service, but I feel it has to be similar today.
A typical Saturday, three hours (180 minutes) of door knocking, how much of that would a JW actually spend talking to people at the door? (remember all the Not at homes?)10, 20, 30 minutes? Being generous, on the average, I would guess 18 minutes. That's 10% of the reported time. If it was a weekday, you could spend all day in the field and sometimes not EVEN talk to anyone. And a person wonders why Pioneers get discouraged and quit?
The next part of the equation. How much time does an average JW really spend talking to ones in the field per month?
True, there are several variables in trying to figure this out, RV's, Bible studies, Family studies, etc.....but a decent guess for me would be this.
Take a good JW pub father who turns in 12 hours a month.
Family study - 4 hours (That's nice, but that's not in the field)
Door to door - 8 hours (480 minutes) Using the 'dissed rule' of 10% that's 48 minutes of actual talking in the field per month. In a whole year, that's a whopping 9.5 hours.
Further, using the 'dissed rule' of 10% off the annual report and you would get 150 million hours of talking, not the 1.5 Billion some may lead you to believe.
And to answer the original question, more time talking with each other or the householder? That's easy, in fact, the average JW spends more time talking to each other at a coffee shop, than householders.
Now if they added a slot for gossiping in the car, they REALLY could inflate the talking figures!
What's your guess on actual time talking to people? Dissed wants to know.