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Women Do More Housework, Men Less Upon Marriage

Posted by Jane Akre
Sunday, April 06, 2008 10:45 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Women's Health

Men actually do a little less housework when they get married and women do more a social research study shows.

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A woman gets married looking for a partner for life and for help with the house.

Forget that theory, at least the latter thought.

A University of Michigan study finds that for married woman, having a husband actually means more housework, an extra seven hours of extra housework a week.

And the upside for him – having a wife saves him from an hour of chores around the house each week.

The university's Institute for Social Research (ISR), which directed the study, reports that men actually pick up more work outside of the home though.

The study was federally funded and based on 2005 time-diary data from a study on income dynamics that’s been ongoing since 1968 at ISR. It asked participants about the amount of time they spend on household chores.

Among men, older guys work harder in the home than the younger ones. But single men spent the most time among men on household chores.

Overall, the amount of housework done by U.S. women has dropped considerably since 1976, when women did an average of 26 hours of housework a week, compared with about 17 hours in 2005.

Men did about six hours of housework a week in 1976, compared with about 13 hours in 2005.

Who does the least amount of housework?  Try single women who got by with about 12 hours a week. On the other end of the spectrum, married women with more than three children spent more than twice of that – 28 hours – cleaning, cooking and washing every week compared to their husbands ten hours.  #


3 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Bill
Monday, April 07, 2008 9:19 AM EST

But who's mowing the lawn, fixing the cars in the garage, painting the house, fixing the broken electrial outlet, fixing the toilet, shoveling the snow?

Anonymous User
Posted by JP
Monday, April 07, 2008 11:23 AM EST

I agree. Sometimes I think I'd rather do the "28" hours of laundry, cooking, and cleaning than the "10" hours I spend breaking my back shoveling the long 3 car wide driveway, mowing the 1 acre of land while sweating like a pig, scraping up my nuckles while fixing the car, hammering my finger while building shelves, sand boxes, and a roof for the kennel, getting covered in bugs while going into the crawl space.. in addition to painting, trimming weeds, brush, dead branches from trees, taking loads of things to the compost site, or loads of junk to the dump, putting up the yard shed, adding fencing, re-doing the wiring, hanging sheet rock inhaling hazardous materials & adding insulation to keep us warm, then itching for a few days after.. thats just the beginning.. there's also the camper floor that needs to be replaced.. the boat that needs to be winterized every year, the rock garden that needs to be finished, the mail box that has to be replaced because the snowplow ran it over.. cemment work, driveway resurface, sidewalk edging.. This doesn't include the cooking I do, which I do about half of.. the diapers I change, the bathrooms I clean, the dishes I do. Ok, so I don't do laundry or vacuum or dust.. but still, not bad for "10" hours of work. Seriously, who does these studies? And who are they interviewing? Wives/girlfriends of the lazy dudes that just sit and play playstation all day long? Give us some credit :)

Anonymous User
Posted by Melanie DeToma
Monday, April 07, 2008 6:08 PM EST

It really shouldn't matter how many hours are spent by husbands and wives doing the household chores as long as the couple is happy with the arrangement, and the chores are getting done. I agree that I'd much rather spend more time doing laundry and cooking meals than less time painting the house or mowing the lawn (although the lawn usually ends up on my chore list). The main thing is that one person doesn't feel that he/she is doing all of the work while the other person is sitting around watching TV.

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