Housework in relationships

Now here is a study I can get behind as it tends to affirm what I’ve always held: families in general, and women in particular, benefit most when women do the majority of housework!! Hear, hear! To wit:

In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 per cent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled “Equality in the Home”.

The lack of correlation between equality at home and quality of life was surprising, the researcher said.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite,” he said.

The figures clearly show that “the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate,” he went on.

It’s hard to argue with the figures now, isn’t it. But the saddest part is left for the end:

Those men who did more housework generally reported less work-life conflict and were scored slightly higher for well-being overall.

Experts suggested that, while this may be partly because they felt less guilty, the main reason could be that they had simply learnt the secret of a quiet life.

Interpretation: some men have realized that if they do more around the house it’ll shut her up!

(This is all meant in good fun, despite what the numbers say).


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