I have found that while many have some appreciation of the level of research in a PhD (usually by saying "that's way over my head" or something similar) and I have not really had a problem with getting impatient describing my research.
Edit to add: this is reflective of my own experience, mostly studying/researching part time and working full time in an unrelated field.
The query here is how to convince people of the time required for completion of the PhD, and the continued dedication needed in order to get the intrinsic tasks complete. In some cases, it is not 'a 1000 word book report'.
For example, my PhD (now just submitted) was highly experimental, each set of observations were 3 hours each, and I had to do about 100-120 of them (usually on weekends as I work full time). After which, I would have to do 6-12 hours of coding/data analysis. So many did not seem to understand that time was required to do the work properly - and were perplexed when I tried to explain.
Edit to explain why I felt the need to explain, this reason I would imagine is true for many - friends and family, people that you respect, may wonder why am I seem to be ignoring them, why am I 'obsessing' over this project, why did I decline the invitation to wherever. They may worry that we are 'hiding' behind the study. They question why we spend so much time on our research, often not due to any jealousy, but not understanding the time commitment needed for research.
I am not after opinions, but are asking what are some strategies that can help educate people of the time required to perform PhD research, particularly for part time PhD students working in an unrelated field?