Couples Who Share Housework More Likely to Divorce

Posted: October 28, 2012 in marriage, opinion
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Men, if you want to keep your wife happy, just quit doing your share of the chores.

According to one recent study, marriages where women do the “lion’s share” of the chores are more content. Think I’m kidding, read the full article here or another version here.

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?

  1. Jon, this is an applicable post about an interesting article which will draw much debate. Research from UC Irvine ( places some focus on the culture of the community/country for the role of men & chores in the home. Beginning with WWI, our country has relied more on women to carry more of the man’s role, working, etc; which, in our country, has delegated the man to carry more of the woman’s role at home. Easy to find and more relevant research sheds light on gratitude shown toward women for their fulfillment of their role at home is a most gratifying and sustaining technique for appreciation & contentment within a relationship. One such example comes from the University of California Berkeley (

  2. Luke says:

    Where did you go? I haven’t seen any new posts
    for a long time.

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