Husbands Create 7 Extra Hours of Housework, Study Shows


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As moms, we know how much of our lives are spent cleaning up child-related messes, stepping on LEGOs and doing laundry (does 90% of our waking hours sound right?). But a new study says kids aren’t the only ones to blame for housework. According to University of Michigan, having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women.

The study conducted its research on time-diary data and asked families to log how much time they spent on basic housework in an average week, including time spent cooking, cleaning and doing other basic work around the house.

The finding also showed how age, the number of children, and marital status influenced time spent doing housework.

According to the study, single women (without children) in their 20s and 30s did the least amount of housework (no surprise there!), with an average of 12 hours a week. Married women in their 60s and 70s did about 21 hours a week. Married women with more than three kids averaged 28 hours of housework a week. Married men with more than three kids did about 10 hours of housework a week. Surprisingly, the studied showed that single men did more work in all age groups than married men.

Of course these hours are averages, and time spent by both the partners varied per household.

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