Working Women Still Bear Brunt of Housework

      July 22, 2010 08:51

      Women in double-income families spend five times as much time doing household chores as men.

      According to a report released Monday by the Seoul Foundation of Women & Family, women in families with two breadwinners spend an average of 3 hours and 27 minutes a day on housework, while men spend just 42 minutes.

      Although women spend less time at their jobs -- 4 hours and 46 minutes compared to 5 hours and 53 minutes for men -- with their housework they end up toiling much longer.

      Their average leisure time of 3 hours and 16 minutes is about an hour less than that of men. Working mothers with preschool children get an average of 2 hours and 36 minutes of free time while fathers enjoy around 4 hours.

      The report reveals that working mothers usually spend 114.91 minutes a day with their families, some 31.74 minutes less than stay-at-home mothers.

      Among the activities that working couples enjoy together, eating out takes up the most time with 45.21 minutes, followed by browsing the Internet or watching DVDs (27.06 minutes), socializing (21.62 minutes), dealing with family affairs (19.36 minutes), and taking care of family members (1.98 minutes).

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