Hubbies Cost 7 Hours of Extra Housework a Week

But wives spend less time on chores than they once did
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2008 5:47 AM CDT
A new study finds that men do more than twice as much housework as they did in 1976--but still not as much as women do.   (
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(Newser) – Husbands create seven hours a week of extra housework for their wives, while they themselves spend less time on housework than they did as singles, a new study has found. But it's not all bad news for women. Researchers tracking housework hours of single and married people also found that women devote less time now than they did in 1976, while men do more than twice as much, the Ann Arbor News reports.

Still, women devote more hours to domestic work than men do, with 17 hours a week in 2005 compared to 13 hours for men. In 1976, women worked 26 hours a week in the home while men worked just six hours. A stay-at-home dad said he wasn’t surprised. “With more women working, men have to pick up some of the slack,” he said.