Study shows men doing more housework, childcare during pandemic

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Men are doing more housework while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

At least, that’s according to a recent report by a multi-university research team.

The report, “Men and Women Agree: During the COVID-19 Pandemic Men Are Doing More at Home”, shows that prior to the pandemic, only 26% of parents reported sharing housework. A month after the start of the pandemic, that percentage jumped to 41%.

When it comes to childcare, prior to the pandemic 41% of couples reported sharing care for young children equally, and 45% said the same for sharing care of older children.

A month later, the percentage of partnered parents sharing childcare responsibilities increased to 52% and 56%.

The increases are largely the product of men doing more, as 42% of fathers reported an overall increase in housework, 45% reported spending more time caring for young children, and 43% reported spending more time caring for older children.

Many mothers also reported that their partners have increased their total time in all categories.

You can read the full study here. 

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