Published On: Fri, Mar 11th, 2016

The world’s most thankless job is…

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…your housework & daily chores. And the recent share the load campaign for a detergent brand has put this in perspective again. A look:

REASONS TO STAY SINGLE

Why #sharetheload makes sense

Ever wondered why married women nag? Because husbands don’t work! A study from the University of Michigan shows that having a husband creates extra seven hours of housework a week. But a wife saves her husband from an hour of chores around the house each week. And it’s worse when they have children.

WORK AT OFFICE, WORK MORE AT HOME!

Why #sharetheload makes sense

A University of Ulster, UK study says that women still have to do the lion’s share of housework despite going out to work. The average for women was 17 hours a week, compared to just six hours for men. It meant that women would not achieve equal opportunities at work until their menfolk contributed more at home.

BLACK MAN’S BURDEN

Why #sharetheload makes sense

A UK study by University of Essex & University of Oxford on how housework is divided by couples from Britain’s various ethnic groups has concluded that black Caribbean men (at 7.5 hours a week) are the most assiduous in sharing the load. Indian men average 7 hours, British spend six hours while Pakistani men did under five hours a week of housework.

CLEAN WINDOWS, BURN CALORIES

Why #sharetheload makes sense

No time for the gym, wash clothes for fat burning. Getting through your weekly chores can burn up to 2,000 calories, says a research by MuscleFood.com. The research states doing laundry once a week equates to doing an impressive 100 sit ups, while cleaning windows burns 334 calories, same as 40 push-ups.

HOW SCOTS STAY FIT

Why #sharetheload makes sense

And the Scots were already in on the secret. Because housework is their preferred mode to stay fit, as a study by University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford found out. Researchers found nearly two-thirds of adults in Scotland are meeting national physical activity but the majority is does it through domestic activities such as housework and gardening.

MEN AT (HOUSE)WORK

Why #sharetheload makes sense

Putting the bins out, DIY and changing lightbulbs are the three household tasks for which men take primary responsibility, a new survey by Mumsnet says. By contrast, 36 other chores — including vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, washing and ironing — are done by women. Yet two-thirds of women prefer it this way because they like the balance or they think they do a better job.

WANT MORE SEX? MOP

Why #sharetheload makes sense

Sheryl Sandberg made a case for choreplay (sex resulting because men shared the load at home) by advising men, “Don’t bring flowers, do laundry”. A  University of Washington study says that wives are more likely to get in the mood when men help out with the housework. Wives feel it is a sign of love and caring when men works.

MEN HELPING OUT = SMARTER KIDS

Why #sharetheload makes sense

A University of California study says that school-aged children who do housework with their fathers are more likely to get along with their peers and have more friends. Another study published in 2014 in Psychological Science found that when fathers and mothers share chores more equally, their daughters tend to have broader professional ambitions.

 

AND NOW FOR A DIFFERENT VIEW

Why #sharetheload makes sense

A 2012 report from the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science analysed two separate studies involving nearly 20,000 men and women aged 18 to 79. Men who did as much or more of the housework were more likely to get divorced than couples where the woman did most of the housework.

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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