Cambridge University study suggests men actually like to do housework

Researchers say gender gap between domestic chores is closing, but women still pulling double shift

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Men actually like to do housework - that's according to a study by Cambridge University that says arguments decline and happiness increases when men take up an active role in things around the house.

The researchers said they found the equality gap between men, women and domestic chores was closing.

"The study suggests that this may be because more men support gender equality, so they feel uncomfortable if the woman does most of the housework, and because women are becoming more assertive and making their dissatisfaction with lazy partners plain," reads the university's statement on the study. "At the same time, however, it is widely acknowledge that the gap has not closed completely. Many women still struggle to strike a work-life balance, especially when it comes to having children. Some decide not to have children for the sake of their careers, while others "rein in" their careers to start a family."

The study noted that most husbands and boyfriends felt guilty when they didn't do their share of washing, shopping, cooking and cleaning.

"This suggests that men may be uncomfortably conscious of work getting in the way of their doing a fair share of the chores at home, whereas women have been doing a double shift," reads the study.

The study was based its claim on results from the European Social Study, a Brussels-financed survey that covers 30,000 people in 34 countries.

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