It’s Housework Time

Women must derive some advantages from having a husband, since so many go to the trouble of getting one. But a new study, analyzing time-use-diary data collected in 2005, points to one serious disadvantage: “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.” Conversely, having a wife saves a man from an hour of housework per week.

The amount of time the sexes spend on housework has been converging, though. Women’s average weekly amount of housework declined from 26 hours in 1976 to 17 hours in 2005, while men’s housework increased from 6 hours to 13 hours.