Men think they do way more household chores than they actually do, research finds


Rob Moran

Working dad: <i>Modern Family</i>'s Phil Dunphy.

Working dad: Modern Family's Phil Dunphy.

'Chore goggles': it's a thing and it's affecting equality in the household.

According to new research, men think they're doing their equal share of work at home, even when they're actually not.

The study from the US's Pew Research Center found a "significant gender gap in how mothers and fathers describe their household's distribution of labor."

Regardless of the amount of hours they worked outside the home, half of the mothers in the survey said they did more than their husbands when it came to household chores, while only 32 per cent of fathers claimed the same. Meanwhile, 56 per cent of fathers said the household work was split equally, while only 46 per cent of mothers agreed.


The reason for this disconnect - or men's 'chore goggles', as The Guardian's Jessica Valenti awesomely puts it - lies in the details.

Essentially, while men may be getting better at doing their equal share of physical activities, like cooking, washing the dishes and disciplining and playing with their kids, mums are still picking up the slack when it comes to those less tangible tasks such as managing the kids' weekly schedules or keeping tabs on when the milk or toilet paper needs replacing.  

The result is that more than 41 per cent of women say that being a parent has "made it harder for them to advance in their career", while only 20 per cent of men said the same. 

The survey, which also found that mothers do more of the household work when children are sick, was conducted through September and October among over 1800 US parents with children under 18.