April 18, 2007 Leave a comment
A recent study has found that when you consider all forms of work, i.e., work outside or inside the home for pay and work in the home (e.g., childrearing, etc.), men across a study of 25 countries work just as much as women.
The 24 hours we all have each day can be divided into four broad
activities: “market work” that is, work for pay, typically outside the
house; “homework,” including housework and child care; “tertiary time,”
including sleep, eating, and other biological necessities that people
can do only for themselves; and the time left over, which is leisure.
Leisure is not essential to survival, but we like it.
the world, men spend more time on market work, while women spend more
time on homework. In the United States and other rich countries, men
average 5.2 hours of market work a day and 2.7 hours of homework each
day, while women average 3.4 hours of market work and 4.5 hours of
homework per day. Adding these up, men work an average of 7.9 hours per
day, while women work an average of?drum roll, please?7.9 hours per
day. This is the first major finding of the new study. Whatever you may
have heard on The View, when these economists accounted for
market work and homework, men and women spent about the same amount of
time each day working.
Of course, it is entirely possible that men are more likely to lie about how much work they do. One interesting difference, what men and women do with their leisure time:
do enjoy about 20 to 30 minutes more leisure per day (over an hour more
in Italy) because they spend less time on sleep and other biological
necessities. Men spend almost all of this additional leisure time