Marriage is a magnificent thing. It’s an excellent way for people in love to come together. It provides the needed support during the good and the rough times in life.
However, marriage can be seen as about as much work similar to a full-time job. Although the times, lifestyles, and cultures are changing, a large percentage of the housework burdens fall on the wife.
Do you accept this man as your loving and lawful husband, to treasure and uphold, to pick up after, and to arrange appointments for? And to remind him of switching on the coffee maker and dishwasher in the evenings?
Would most women get married if wedding vows were like that?
A recent study shows that married women will find themselves taking up more chores than the fair share of household work. And it’ll happen whether they like it or not. The study confirms that husbands are causing more work and responsibilities for their partners.
The University of Michigan performed an analysis to determine how marriage dynamics are changing in the 21st century compared with earlier generations in the 1960s and 1970s. This research was led by Frank Stafford, a Michigan ISR economist.
As you already know, modern marriages are having more equitable sharing of household chores. However, it’s not quite even just yet.
American women find themselves doing less housework today than they used to during the mid-late 20th century.
During this earlier generation, a woman would work approximately 26 hours per week. But in today’s society, she only works 17 hours a week.
Men have been doing additional household responsibilities for about 13 hours every week. In the earlier generation, they only had 6 hours per week of housework.
Stafford together with his team aimed at analyzing the housework facts in recent history. They compared the time spent doing household chores between 1976 and 2005.
The study discovered that:
In 1976, a married woman would work 9 hours more with household chores per week compared to a single woman. But a married man spent 3 fewer hours on housework compared to a single man.
While in 2005, a married woman would spend an additional 4 hours of housework per week compared to a single woman. While a married man spent 5 more hours a week on household chores.
Kids are also adding more responsibilities to married couples. And a single woman would spend fewer hours doing housework.
The research also discovered that older men did more household work than younger men. And single men were the hardest working than any other group. Thus, men should help more often around the house.
In today’s society, women are earning more money in many households to support themselves as well as their families. Another recent research has shown that 25 percent of women are working for more hours. And if your husband is unemployed, you’re likely to work extra hours to compensate.
But let’s hope that soon marriage will offer equal responsibilities to both partners regardless of gender. According to follow-up research in 2014 by Stafford, boys and girls are almost doing a fair share of household chores. Boys were doing 26.9-minute chores while girls 30 minutes.