Men Create More Housework for Women?

Men Create More Housework for Women?

Gregory Han
Apr 8, 2008

Alright, we're opening a can of worms over here and reporting about a recent study that highlighted what many consider common knowledge: men create messes women end up cleaning up after. BUT, this trend has been reversing in recent times, according to a study done by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research:
"In 1976, women busied themselves with 26 weekly hours of sweeping-and-dusting work, compared with 17 hours in 2005. Men are pitching in more, more than doubling their housework hours from six in 1976 to 13 in 2005."

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Single women in their 20s and 30s did the least housework, about 12 weekly hours, while married women in their 60s and 70s did the most — about 21 hours a week.

Men showed a somewhat different pattern, with older men picking up the broom more often than younger men. Single guys worked the hardest around the house, trumping all age groups of married men.

I must secretly be a married woman in my 60's, because I easily do about 21 hours a week cleaning, tidying and organizing around the apartment. But I've always been into clean and organized spaces, whether it be for my Little League trophies or my Star Wars figures. I remember getting into arguments with my college roommates about keeping our duplex clean (the friend I shared a room with seemed to have been allergic to folding clothes, and kept a pile on his bed that was so high, it would have given Sir Edmund Hillary pause). But for the most part, it seems like many of my male peers, whether married or single, are very fair in their household chores duties, and it is their wives or girlfriends who are more lax with keeping house, keeping in trend with the noted statistic above.

How about your household? Who's in charge of keeping the house clean? Feel free to vent, while you're at it.

[via LiveScience]

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