A study out of the University of Maryland apparently sought out to prove what all of us already knew: men are lazier than women. In this not-at-all groundbreaking or shocking revelation of a study, Liana Sayer compared the the amount of time both men and women spend on housework between the 1960s and the present. And while women still take the brunt of the chores, us men are actually stepping up to the plate and increasing our workload around the house too.
Per The Washington Post:
But, “women’s daily housework dropped by one hour and 45 minutes between 1965 and 2012, falling from four hours a day to less than two-and-a-half hours a day,” Sayer writes. Over the same period, the amount of time men spend on housework tripled. That increase in men’s work came primarily from increased time spent doing “core” household chores, like cooking, cleaning and laundry.
Wait, this is good news for guys, right? I mean, do with this information what you will, but all I’m seeing here is that the male contingent is constantly improving. Do we still put in less hours than the ladies? Well, yeah, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Not to call anyone out but what do the ladies have to say for themselves when it comes to their decline?
Conversely, women’s housework time fell primarily because more women joined the labor force over that same period: more time at work means less time on chores at home.
Oh, shit. Alright, I guess they get a pass here. With the way things are going, this’ll all even itself out in the near future and we’ll see total equality in the household, right?
Even when there’s nobody around to pick up after them, men still don’t spend a lot of time on housework. “In 2012 single women with no children reported doing almost twice as much cooking, cleaning, and laundry as single men with no children,” she writes. In other words, men are simply more slovenly than women, and less averse to filth.
Alright, alright, we get it. We’re useless pigs who would rather sit in our own stench than increase our cleaning regimen. Way to put us on blast, Liana. This was a classic “build you up to break you down” situation that I fed into.
At the end of the day, yeah, I’m probably going to maintain on my mediocre path of laziness that could be described as “the type of lazy that doesn’t put the cap on the toothpaste.” Do I fill a cup with water and put all of my kitchen utensils in it to soak for a couple days before tossing them in the dishwasher? Yeah, it saves time, energy, and most importantly, water. If I’m going to be labeled as “lazy” for my eco-friendly tendencies then so be it. .
[via The Washington Post]
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