Study: Marriage Creates Seven Hours Extra Housework For Women Per Week
Ann Arbor, MI (AHN) - A new study just released by the University of Michigan is a must-read for any woman contemplating marriage who doesn't like housework, because researchers found that when a woman says "I do," to marriage that she is also saying she will do an average of seven more hours of housework a week than she would do if she remained single.
But a guy contemplating marriage will find that having a wife saves him from doing about an hour of housework every week.
That picture of unequal wedded bliss is what researchers say they found after studying a nationally representative survey of American households.
"It's a well-known pattern," ISR economist Frank Stafford, who directs the study, said in a statement. "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. Certainly there are all kinds of individual differences here, but in general, this is what happens after marriage. And the situation gets worse for women when they have children."
It is also worse now because most women also work at paying jobs outside the home for as many hours a week as their husbands do.
Analyzing diaries kept by participants researchers made several discoveries.
They found that the amount of housework that women do overall has declined since 1976, but that in the past years that the amount of housework a woman does if she gets married versus staying single has risen.
They also found that men did more housework if they got married too, but not as much as women did.
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