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- July 21, 2021 at 2:10 pm #599819
I don’t remember my vows saying, “Do you accept this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, to pick his laundry off the floor, to schedule appointments for, and to remind you to turn on the dishwasher as you’re headed to bed?”
“Gee, I do!”
Would women still get married if their marriage vows sounded like this? Whether they expected it or not, many married women find themselves doing more than their fair share of housework. Having a husband will actually add to your load, whether you realize it or not!
Study: A Husband Adds An Additional 7 Hours To Housework Every Week
Frank Stafford, an economist at the ISR, led a study at the University of Michigan examining how marriage has evolved over the last few decades since generations earlier in the 1960s and 70s.
Despite people’s best efforts, modern marriages still don’t divide housework equally. The average American woman nowadays does less housework than she did three decades ago (17 hours versus 26 hours). The amount of housework men do per week has increased (13 hours compared to 6 hours).
In a study comparing chores done in 1996 and 2005, Stafford found the following:
In 1976, 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.
Single women in their 20s and 30s did the least housework—about 12 hours a week on average, while married women in their 60s and 70s did the most—about 21 hours a week.
If you play close attention to this study . . .
“This graph shows that in 2005, single women with no children did a little more than 10 hours of housework a week, and married women with no children did a little more than 17 hours a week.
The only difference? The presence of a husband, which costs women seven hours of housework a week.
The situation is reversed for men. Men without children do about eight hours of housework a week, while married men without children do a bit more than seven hours. They save an hour a week by having a wife.” Credit: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
Ladies, keep in mind, these results are only averages, as every relationship is unique. Additionally, “it is unclear whether husbands report their own hours (I work around the house all the time!”), or whether their wives report their own hours (he never helps me out), or both,” cautions Stafford.
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