Men, if you want to keep your wife happy, just quit doing your share of the chores.
In this day and age, teamwork on household chores is one of the traits touted by Americans in successful marriages. But that study shows European couples who share housework are more likely to get divorced.
The article starts off with…
Divorce rates are far higher among “modern” couples who share the housework than in those where the woman does the lion’s share of the chores, a Norwegian study has found.
In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.
“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled “Equality in the Home.”
This same study from Europe discusses that men are the ones that benefit more from splitting the chores. Men who do their “fair share” around the house are happier. From my observation of the reports, it appears that men use household chores as a relief valve for decompression.
So, you want to keep your marriage (and family) together? According to research, don’t run the vacuum. If you want to be more content yourself, go dust something.
How are chores divided in your marriage? What chores seem to drift back and forth between you two? What chore do you dread the most but do it because your spouse dreads it too?