Something women have known since the beginning of time...

@coffeebreak (17824)
United States
April 4, 2008 7:56pm CST
Men have done a long term study to find the answer that all married women know.... Having a husband creates an extra seven hours of housework each week for women, according to a new study. For men, tying the knot saves an hour of weekly chores http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20080404/sc_livescience/mencreatemorehouseworkforwomen
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@Fishmomma (10989)
• United States
5 Apr 08
I certainly don't spend 7 hours a week doing household chores for my husband. He cleans his own clothes, does his dishes, and takes out the trash at least 1/2 of the time. I'm not a maid, as am a working woman that doesn't have time to be my husband's maid. I think they asked women that are home during the day, as I certainly wasn't asked and don't know any working women that was asked.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 Apr 08
I was a full time working mother of 2 and I did probably at least 7 hours a week. Those are the ones it effects most as since they are gone all day, there is more to do once home. Good for you tho, that you are "not included". You make the rest of us jealous!
• United States
5 Apr 08
I am not so sure about that. I have lived with men a few times. I have not had to clean up behind any of them. I did not even have to was their clothing let alone cook. I did what I would normally do for my daughter. I don't ever get hooked up with men I have to play mommie dearest with. A clean man is easy t find as well. Just leave his mess there till he gets it up himself. I love the study though.
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
7 Apr 08
You might have pros and cons with that. I have found that very sloppy guys don't care how messy the house gets and will ignore it until you clean it. Very neat and organized guys will fuss and complain if the house is not spotless. Fairly normal men, like my husband (?), will think they are pulling their weight and you're not, but their idea of clean can be very different from ours. My husband will get hysterical about the stacks of papers I have going on top of the computer desk, or the piles of toys the children leave in their wake, but I have never seen him clean a toilet or dust the furniture. He thinks he helps plenty but really has no idea what it takes to keep the house in order. If you lived with men who did their own laundry, did they do yours as well? Did you cook together or eat separately? Were you living as a family unit or like roommates?
@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
5 Apr 08
LOL...Ain't that the truth! They had to do a study on this why? They could have called anyone of us who is married or has been married before and we could have told them that.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 Apr 08
And then used the money for something necessary!
• United States
5 Apr 08
Amen sister!
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• United States
5 Apr 08
That seems to be the case when I lived with my father and brothers. They both expected me and my mom to pick up after them. I've heard that not all men are like that, but I find that hard to believe because I see the same pattern almost everywhere. I remember one guy insisting that he cleaned his house, but, I'm sorry, I just couldn't believe him. Every woman I know has to clean up after their men, so it's hard for me to see otherwise. Funny thing is that the men really think that they contribute equally to the housecleaning. I sure hope the guy I marry either cleans up after himself, or can afford someone to do the cleaning for us.
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• United States
5 Apr 08
Ooops, I meant to say brother, I only had one when I was growing up.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 Apr 08
It's life and that's the way it is. Some men might wise up and realize their wife/girl friend/mother isn't their maid but on the whole...don't look for it to have a survey done about that!
@drannhh (14902)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Now wait a minute! I may not be a math genius, but something does not compute. If "we" get 7 hours of extra housework each week how come "they" only save one hour? Are they saying it take us 7 times as long to do the same thing? Or that men don't have the same standards of cleanliness? Or what? I knew a gal who worked 55 hours a week at her job and as she was starting to get fed up with no "help" around the house, she kept a record over the course o9f several months and found that she did 45 hours of housework every week. This woke her up and she dumped the guy. She was sort of a perfectionist, and I always thought she should have persuaded her teenage kid to pull his weight, but even so I think the 7 hours of extra housework is an underestimate. Fortunately for me, my guy does more than his share of the housework, and if not as perfectly as I think I might do it, I've learned to lighten up a little.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Of course is it under-estimated....a man did the survey!
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
7 Apr 08
Duh, what else is knew LOL I knew that all along and I'm sure all women did as well, and if they didn't they learned that as soon as they got married:) Being single also has a very nice slimming side effect. You see, we don't have to cook big meals all the time. Sometimes we just want a yogurt and a piece of fruit and with time the benefits of such practice pay off :):):)