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Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce

A woman carries shopping bags in Chadderton, England on Dec. 17.

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Divorce rates are far higher among “modern” couples who share the housework than in those where the woman does the lion’s share of the chores, a Norwegian study has found.

In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled Equality in the Home.

The lack of correlation between equality at home and quality of life was surprising, the researcher said.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite,” he said.

The figures clearly show that “the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate,” he went on.

The deeper reasons for the higher divorce rate, he suggested, came from the values of “modern” couples rather than the chores they shared.

(Liberty Times)










1. the lion’s share idiom

最大的部分 (zui4 da4 de5 bu4 fen4)

例: You have got the lion’s share of authority in the company.


2. slap in the face idiom

一記耳光 (yi2 ji4 er3 guang1)

例: Losing the election was a slap in the face for the club president.


3. contribute to v. phr.

有助於;引發 (you3 zhu4 yu2; yin3 fa1)

例: Air pollution contributes to respiratory diseases.


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