Would You Give Up Your Phone to Avoid Housework?

Are chores really that bad?

August 8, 2019

There are some people that like cleaning and housrwork. I am not one of those people. I do know the importance of keeping the house clean so I do what I have to do to keep the house looking nice. 

Some people staright up despise certain chores? What do you think are the most hated chores? A study was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Yelp that polled 2,000 Americans who live with a partner. The studied all different things about chores like the ones we hate the most, how they are divided up, and what people are willing to do to get out of doing them. 

The first finding was that chores can cause some issues in a relationship. I get this especially if one person is lazy and puts all of the work off on the other person. 

Of those who do housework, two-thirds (67 percent) admitted that they and/or their partner have done a poor job in the hope of getting out of doing it again.

Results found men were more likely than women to be guilty of making an effort to get out of their share of the chores (28 percent vs. 21 percent) – and men were also shown to be more willing to take extreme measures to avoid chores.

Over a third (37 percent) of chore-doing respondents would be willing to give up alcohol forever if it meant they would never have to do housework again and a fifth would completely give up sex, with men more likely to do either. Would you give up alcohol or sex to never do laundry again? The study found people would do some pretty extreme things to never do chores again. 

1. Give up alcohol
2. Add an hour of time to their commute each day
3. Spend a week in jail
4. Give up their smartphone
5. Shave their head

The most common disagreements were found to be when to do housework (53 percent), how to do it (50 percent) and who should do it (48 percent).

That’s in addition to arguments over whether or not to hire someone (39 percent) and how good of a job the hired person is doing (32 percent).

Results showed 61 percent of chore-doing respondents even admitted to having to re-clean the home again after a partner did.

It’s not only the work itself that puts a strain on relationships, but the time commitment involved in keeping a house clean.

Between scrubbing the bathroom, weeding the yard and doing laundry, Americans are working overtime: The average chore-doing respondent can spend up to 690 hours a year on housework.

This comes out to a little over 13 hours per week. With respondents estimating their time to be worth an average of $64 per hour, those who do their own chores are spending over $44,000 worth of their own time on housework, per year.

"Household responsibilities can be a huge time suck, so it’s not surprising that couples often argue about the strain that can put on a relationship,” said Yelp Trend Expert Tara Lewis. “At Yelp, we recently saw a spike in Americans outsourcing cleaning. People are busy and over-scheduled and looking for ways to add hours to their day.”

When splitting the housework, results found that some stereotypes hold true: Women were much more likely than men to say they did the majority of the housework (41 percent vs. 17 percent).

And they were less likely to trust their partner to thoroughly clean the house (67 percent vs. 76 percent).

What chore do you absolutely hate? Here's what the poll found.

1. Washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen
2. Doing laundry
3. Cleaning the bathroom (sink, toilet, shower, etc.)
4. Sweeping/vacuuming
5. Cooking meals and shopping for groceries

Do you and your partner fight over cleaning and chores?