Study: Guys Like Doing Chores — But Still Won’t Do Any
11:30 am, June 27th | by Amy Tennery
“Husbands and boyfriends feel guilty when they don’t do their share of the work around the home,” the Business-Standard breathlessly reports, citing a new Cambridge University study. In other news, guys aren’t always necessarily stereotypes. Noted.
The study, unfortunately for those of us stateside dwellers, covered 30,000 individuals in 34 countries in Europe. Bummer.
“Contrary to expectations, men, not women, benefited from a less traditional gender role divide in household chores,” the study said, noting that heterosexual partners living under the same roof reported a more harmonious environment when they split up the household chores equally. Imagine that.
This, the study notes, flies in the face of common practice. Guys might see the long-term benefit to helping around the house, but they’re not super likely to do it on their own, the report showed. And, as we noted yesterday, the same pattern exists in the U.S. It would seem the idea of gender parity is easier to get on board with than the actual practice of it.
Of course, it’s not exactly news that most of us seem incapable doing what’s good for us on many, many occasions.