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Men finally helping women in household

sex-and-relationships Updated: Aug 09, 2011 16:42 IST

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Here's something that will excite women - men have started contributing a few hours to household tasks. A new research has indicated that the average man of the house has increased the amount of time he spends on domestic duties by more than 60 percent over the past 30 years.

Taking all employed and non-employed partners into account, the average woman now works five hours, 55 minutes a day on employment and chores while men spend five hours, 37 minutes.

At current rates, the 18-minute gap would be closed by the end of the decade. Women sleep an extra 14 minutes each night.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, a working man spends an average of 38.4 hours a week in paid employment compared with 33.3 hours for the average employed woman.

On the domestic front, the employed man spends two hours 28 minutes on chores, while the woman does four hours and 40 minutes.

While the gap remains large, the male workload has increased by almost an hour since the 1970s.

“The idea of what it is to be a man is changing,” the Daily Mail quoted Professor Jonathan Gershuny, director of the centre for time use research at Oxford University and co-author of a new report, Gender Convergence in Domestic Work, as saying.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if man overtakes woman in total hours worked. But while men are doing more cooking and home work, they are doing no extra laundry whatsoever. I’m guilty of that, too,” added Gershuny.