Husbands create more housework for wives

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Do you ever get the feeling that the balance of labor in your marriage is slightly uneven? It might not just be your perception. A recent study found that wedding bells mean more than bliss, they also mean more housework for women and -- you might want to sit down for this part -- less housework for men.

Yep, that's right. In the average household, just the act of getting married increases a woman's workload.

Before you print this out and shake it at your husband, however, there's more. Men today are pitching in more frequently and have doubled the amount of hours of housework they put in since 1976. The study found that young, unmarried women did the least amount of housework, while those in their 60s and 70s did the most, a trend that was also found among men.

Children, of course, increased the amount of hours everyone dedicated to housework, but again, women found themselves responsible for more of the workload than men.

Obviously, every household is different. While this is a study of averages, your mileage may vary.

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