I'm so not getting married again:
When it comes to housework, do men always look to women to tidy up? Not necessarily. A new study reveals live-in boyfriends do more work around the house than married men do.
Study co-author Shannon Davis, assistant professor of sociology at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, says how much a man does -- married or not -- stems from his core egalitarian beliefs.
“Individuals who have these beliefs that women and men should both take equal responsibility for what happens in the home and for providing for the home tend to share more housework. That’s consistent for both the co-habiting couples and the married couples,” Davis told Ivanhoe.
Researchers analyzed data from 17 thousand people in 28 countries. Everyone was asked the same two questions, ‘On average, how many hours do you personally spend on housework,’ and ‘On average, how many hours does your partner spend on housework?’
Data showed that having an egalitarian belief had a lot to do with the amount of housework a man reported doing, but the status of his relationship had a stronger impact.
“We examined whether or not that influence of those beliefs does differ for men in cohabiting relationships as opposed to married men … and it does. It’s easier for individuals to enact these equality beliefs in a cohabiting relationship than in marriage,” Davis said.
So the question remains, why do live-in boyfriends out-perform their married counterparts in the housework department? Davis says she thinks it might have something to do with old-fashioned stereotypes of marriage.
“There’s a traditional division of labor in marriages, and that traditional division of labor typically has women taking care of them home, and having men feel like the breadwinner,” Davis said.