Even Unemployed, Men Do Less Housework Than Women

Using data from the American Time Use Survey (a survey that measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as work, childcare, housework, watching television, volunteering, and socializing), John Katz of The New York Times' The Upshot compared how 147 unemployed men and 147 unemployed women spend a typical weekday.


Katz found that women are far more likely than men to devote a significant portion of their time to housework. Housework combined with caring for others occupied almost six hours of the average woman's day in the sample, compared with less than three hours for that of the average man.

Other interesting gender differences emerged:
  • Men were more likely to spend time looking for work.
  • For every one person whose main activity was job searching, there were almost six whose main activity was television and movie watching.  Men were more than twice as likely to spend more of their daytime to watching TV and movies than women.
  • About one-fifth of nonworking women spend a majority of their day caring for someone else. 
  • Men and women without jobs spend about one and a half times as much time socializing as the average employed person.
  • On average, the prime-age non-employed spend slightly over an hour more sleeping than their employed counterparts.

Read more:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/01/06/gender_and_housework_even_men_who_don_t_work_do_less_than_women.html
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/06/upshot/how-nonemployed-americans-spend-their-weekdays-men-vs-women.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1

TeachingwithData.org resources:
Exploring the Second Shift: A Data-driven Learning Guide

Frederique Laubepin

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