A Study Shows That Husbands Cause 7 Hours Of Extra Housework A Week

“There’s still a significant reallocation of labor that occurs at marriage”

The University of Michigan has conducted a study that has revealed that husbands create 7 hours of extra housework per week.

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Frank Stafford, of the UMICH Institute for Social Research (ISR) directed the study, investigating 2005 time-diary data of a study focusing on income dynamics. ISR has been conducting the ongoing research since 1968. Using these diaries, they assessed how spouses spent their time, particularly, how much time men and women spend on cooking, cleaning, and general household chores.

According to the data, young single women do 12 hours of housework a week, the lowest demographic for women. Meanwhile, married women in their 60s and 70s did almost double that, and women with three or more children clean, cook and wash for about 28 hours every week.

These numbers have improved since the beginning of the study. In 1976, women spent an average of 26 hours per week on housework, while men only did six.

“It’s a well-known pattern. There’s still a significant reallocation of labor that occurs at marriage — men tend to work more outside the home, while women take on more of the household labor – and the situation gets worse for women when they have children,” said Stafford.

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