In the latest boys-versus-girls news, a survey out of the United Kingdom found that women spend an average of three hours per week re-doing the chores already done by their significant others.
The Huffington Post reports that “two-thirds of the women did say they thought their partners were trying to do their chores correctly. They didn’t think the men’s shortcomings were due to lack of trying.”
Aw, how sweet these respondents are! And by sweet, we mean condescending.
In their book ”What She’s Not Telling You: Why Women Hide the Whole Truth and What Marketers Can Do About It,” authors Mary Lou Quinlan, Jen Drexler and Tracy Chapman write about martyrdom—the tendency women have to sacrifice their own leisure for their family, unable to delegate tasks or trust that someone else will do it the way it should be done. Consequently, when surveyed, many of these women report their lack of free time and family-induced stress with a certain pride. They’re doing everything, and they’re doing it right.
This new data only solidifies that theory: The Post points out that household chores are increasingly being split more evenly between partners and that men’s true talent lies not in avoiding chores, but in sectioning off dedicated leisure time to relax.
We’re all about living your richest life, and valuing your time is crucial to that. So what can we learn from this survey? The next time someone helps you, let them … whether it was actually helpful or not.