The sensitive new age man who helps in the kitchen and in other household chores is not for real, at least not in Australia, says a new study, which found that the blokes Down Under spend just six minutes a day more on housework than they did in 1992.
The Bureau of Statistics study of the way Australians use their time has found that the amount of time men are spending on domestic activities has not changed in the past 16 years.
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The survey found men spent on average one hour and 37 minutes a day on domestic duties, compared to the two hours and 52 minutes a day women spend doing such tasks, reports The Daily Telegraph.
This is exactly the same amount of time men spent on household chores in 1992.
While more and more women are working, the amount of time they spend on household chores has fallen by just 10 minutes a day since 1992.
There has been some progress with men increasing the average amount of time they spend on cooking, cleaning up and laundry by six minutes a day from 37 minutes in 1992 to 43 minutes a day in 2006.
But they have compensated by spending 11minutes a day less on home maintenance, lawn mowing and caring for family pets.
Women took up the slack, spending an extra four minutes a day on average on home maintenance and gardening.
Women spent an average of 35 minutes a day on these tasks in 2006, compared with 31 minutes in 1992.
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