Study — Well, guys, now they’ve got numbers

Thanks, stupid University of Michigan. Now I remember why I hate the Wolverines:

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a University of Michigan study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families.

For men, the picture is very different: A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week.

The findings are part of a detailed study of housework trends, based on 2005 time-diary data from the federally-funded Panel Study of Income Dynamics, conducted since 1968 at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR).

Of course, this is a crock, becasue they didn’t count the critically important things men do:

For the study, researchers analyzed data from time diaries, considered the most accurate way to assess how people spend their time. They supplemented the analysis with data from questionnaires asking both men and women to recall 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. Excluded from these “core” housework hours were tasks like gardening, home repairs, or washing the car.

Whatever, eggheads. The lawn isn’t going to mow itself. But also consider this:

Overall, the amount of housework done by U.S. women has dropped considerably since 1976, while the amount of housework done by men has increased, according to Stafford. 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.

Our contribution has more than doubled. This calls for a celebration. 18 holes and a long nap ought to do it. See you on the course, fellas.





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3 responses to “Study — Well, guys, now they’ve got numbers

  1. Martha Troxel

    I agree that this study by the University of MI is off base. If you have time for golf and a nap after doing your housework,great!

  2. Messy

    “asking both men and women to recall how much time they spent”

    That’s the issue here, I know from experience – if you ask my wife how many hours of work I create for her in a day, it’d be anywhere from 25-36.

  3. brent71

    So does this mean that men are 7 times more efficient than women at doing housework? It says it saves men an hour but adds 7 hours to women. Something doesn’t add up. I also like how they played with the numbers by excluding many of the things that men do like mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, raking the yard, changing the oil and fixing the vehicles, general house repairs, etc. I bet if those were included it would make things equal, but that wouldn’t make a good story.

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