They’ll get around to it

After retirement, men pick up the slack in household chores

Andy Haslam/The New York Times

No matter who’s working or who’s staying home, women tend to end up doing the majority of housework–but a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family has found that men start pulling their weight after retirement. A team of European researchers used data from nearly 1,400 heterosexual couples in Germany, who answered surveys regularly for at least three years between 1985 and 2012. They focused on couples in which the man worked and the woman stayed home. In the years when men were working outside the home, women were logging about 6.8 hours per day on household chores like laundry, dishes, gardening and errands, while men spent only two hours each day on the same activities. After retirement, their contribution nearly doubled, to 3.9 hours.

Read the full story at New York’s “Science of Us.

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