Study: Men Happiest Doing Housework
Now we know why Mr. Clean was always smiling.
Good news for couples; you now have one less thing to argue about, according to information from the University of Cambridge.
While the issue of housework can sometimes be distressing for women, as it turns out, we should just leave those dishes in the sink and keep the floor unmopped, because apparently, men love doing chores.
In a paper discussing gender's "incomplete revolution," the University references results from a Brussels-funded European study. That study, which included 30,000 people in 34 different countries, found that men "are actually happier when they make an equal contribution to household chores." An introduction to that study reads:
"Contrary to expectations, they found that men, not women, benefited from a less traditional gender role divide in household chores."Even the researchers were surprised. The University of Cambridge's press release states:
"The academics expected to find that men's work-family conflict rose, and their well-being fell, when they did more housework. In practice, they found the opposite, with conflict falling, and well-being going up."
Participants were asked questions about how much they contributed to various chores, and then they were asked whether they felt "fulfilled" in life and if they woke up feeling refreshed. They were also asked to measure their levels of "work-life conflict."
So what's the explanation? Because personally, I'm pretty sure I would hate doing the dishes even if I were a man. Jacqueline Scott, a Sociology professor at the University of Cambridge, says the results might have to do with men's guilt.
“[The results] suggest that men may be uncomfortably conscious of work getting in the way of their doing a fair share of chores at home, whereas women have long been used to doing a ‘double shift'."
According to researchers, men are actually uncomfortable when they're not able to contribute equally to housework. They say men are more supportive of gender equality than they have been in the past.
Women may still be fighting for equal rights in the workplace, but hey, at least the gender gap on chores is closing.
Photo: Andrew Olney/Getty Images
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
This just in: A new study shows girls are warriors in the womb.
You can make a pros and cons list...but ultimately you know what works best for you.
Maggie Reyes is a life coach, writer, and the founder of ModernMarried.com. She helps newlyweds re-think what married life can be. Here, she’s revealing tricks every newlywed couple needs to know.
Government-supported Vietnamese classes teach women Korean language, customs.
Whether you're into creative artists or uber-preppy bankers, there's something to be said for trying something new.
Sometimes two characters on a TV show or movie can portray being a happy couple effortlessly, or can have lots of fun playing former spouses — especially if they're married to each other in real life! Keep scrolling for six celebrity costars you probably didn't know tied the knot, even after the bloodiest and craziest story lines.
Some couples want nothing more than a laid-back, by-the-book proposal. Then there are the other couples, where the proposal not only needs to be personalized, it also has to be unique and entirely different than the typical restaurant, bended-knee idea. Sound like you? Then get inspired by some of the most creative proposal ideas we’ve ever seen. If you find something you like, steal it and then modify it to make your proposal something totally unforgettable.
From Nantucket all the way to Cayo Espanto, we've rounded up some of the prettiest beaches to travel to for your honeymoon.
Researchers studied the age-old stereotype that women really are more talkative than men.
'There is a science behind attraction,' SingldOut says.
One minute you're happy and in love, the next he's delivering the "It's not you, it's me" speech. Why? We have the scoop on the real reasons most couples split up.
Want to keep your wedding budget in check? Start by checking out this list of the 10 things that could end up costing you a lot more than you anticipated.