Published April 07, 2008
When a woman says 'I do,' she is getting more than a husband — she is also signing up for an extra seven hours of housework a week, according to a new study.
The University of Michigan study also showed getting married will reduce a man's housework by an hour a week, allheadlinenews.com reported.
Researchers at the school's Institute for Social Research analyzed diaries kept by participants and also found the amount of housework women do overall has declined since 1976, the Web site reported.
"It's a well-known pattern," ISR economist Frank Stafford, who directs the study, said in a statement. "There's still a significant reallocation of labor that occurs at marriage -- men tend to work more outside the home, while women take on more of the household labor. Certainly there are all kinds of individual differences here, but in general, this is what happens after marriage. And the situation gets worse for women when they have children."