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. #