Relationships, Chores and Happiness. Survey Results.

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Published on February 16, 2014

Author: DishOut

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We ran a survey in January 2014 to understand the impact of chores management on a couple relationship. We collected 504 responses from couples globally, with 5 in-depth interviews as the icing on the cake.

Part 1:http://blog.dishout.us/the-difference-beween-men-and-women-the-awful-truth-part1/
Part 2: http://blog.dishout.us/relationships-chores-and-happiness-the-awful-truth-part-2/

Relationships, Chores and Happiness. Survey Results by Etienne Do & Beatriz Bernal 07nd February, 2014

Introduction  MakeYourLifeAGame is launching Dish Out, a tasksharing mobile application that allows busy couples to manage their household chores together  Dish Out falls into a new app category called ‘Quantified Relationship’, which applies the concept of ‘Quantified Self’ to the couple. For more information about this concept, please click here.  The objective of this study is to measure the impact of chore management with different inputs within the couple private sphere against the relationship’s overall performance and satisfaction

Introduction  Hypothesis & Expectations 1. Men and women have a different approach with regards to household chores and evaluating their happiness in the relationship 2. This difference also varies with the relationship stage 3. Cultural differences are observed across different countries and regions 4. Bad chore management within the couple have negative impact on the relationship

Methodology  Online survey sent to family, friends and colleagues, and expanded through Social Media during 7 days with a small incentive  504 survey completions out of 902 survey started for a completion rate of 55%  Qualitative capsule through 5 in-depth interviews

Methodology  The survey was composed of 27 questions:     Respondent Profile (4 questions) Respondent Relationship Profile (13 questions) Relationship and Chore Management (9 questions) The 5 qualitative interviews were run in an average 1 hour format, following the survey framework. Interviewees were chosen as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Diane H, France, 24, in a relationship for less than one year. Jeremy S, UK, 30, in a relationship since 3 years Martha F, Thailand, 34, in a relationship since 4 years Chloe S, U.S.A, 28, engaged and in a relationship for 6 years John K, Singapore, 45, married for more than 10 years

Respondents Profile

Respondents Profile Respondents Gender Quite balanced gender distribution with a majority of women 43% M F 57%

Respondents Profile Average Respondents Age Respondents age average is 32.4 years old, with male respondents being slightly older than women 33.4 31.7 M F

Respondents Profile Professional Status 1% 5% Majority of respondents (88%) are working or working from home 0% 6% 15% Studying Working Working from home Unemployed but looking for a job Unemployed / Househusband / Housewife Retired 73%

Couples Profile Relationship Status It's complicated Dating 1% 2% • 48% of the respondents declare being in a relationship • 49% are engaged or married Married 36% In a relationship 48% Engaged 13%

Couples Profile Quite balanced distribution in terms of relationship length: • 30% of respondents are in a 2-year relationship or less • 43% are in a 2-6 year relationship • 23% in a 6-10 year relationship • 3% are together since more than10 years

Respondents Profile Do you live with your Partner? Majority of respondents (86%) live with their partner 14% Yes No 86%

Couples Profile How often do you argue? • 71% of respondents have a small argument at least once a month or more • 12 % of respondents have a small argument more than a week or more 12% 30% 28% • 85% of have a big argument less than once a year 2% 36% 28% 22% 13% 0% 14% 8% 2% Never Almost Never At least once At least once At least once More than a year a month a week once a week Small argument Big argument 1% 4% Every day

Chore Management in the Couple How do you split the household tasks ? • 66% of respondents share their household chores with their partner 6% 8% We share them I am doing most of it 20% My partner is doing most of it 66% Someone else does everything for us • 28% of respondents have someone in the couple that does most of it

Chore Management in the Couple If you share them, how do you split them? 11% We have our own areas of 'expertise' 51% 38% We distribute them together as they come One of us decides who does what • 51% of respondents split their household chores based on areas of expertise

Respondents Profile Summary 504 28 57% Respondents Countries Female 32.4 88% Average age Working 86% Living with their partner

Results Men vs. Women

Results: Men vs. Women  Women are less happy in the way chores are managed but happier in the relationship overall

Results: Men vs. Women  Chore-management Verbatims “Sometimes, I have the feeling that if I don’t do anything, nothing will get done”. Martha F, 34, Thailand “I think the way we manage chores is not perfect but it works” Jeremy S, 30, London Diane H, 24, France

Results: Men vs. Women  Women have a greater lack of affection than men Do you receive enough signs of affection from your partner? (Female respondents) Do you receive enough signs of affection from your partner? (Male respondents) 18% 29% Yes No 71% 82%

Results: Men vs. Women  Women expect their partner to do more. Men less. Would you like your partner to do more at home? (Female respondents) Would you like your partner to do more at home? (Male respondents) 24% 48% Y 52% N 76%

Results: Men vs. Women  Would you like your partner to do more? Verbatims “I think we managed to find a good balance John K, 45, Singapore after all those years” “Yes, especially for the wedding Chloe S, 28, U.S.A organisation” Diane H, 24, France

Results: Men vs. Women Women would like their partner to improve on House Cleaning. Men want to see improvements on Intimacy. Activities and Paperwork come second and third for both genders.  Which category would you like your partner to improve the most? Top 3 answers from women 180 Which category would you like your partner to improve the most? Top 3 answers from men 60 160 140 50 120 40 100 30 80 60 20 40 10 20 0 0 House cleaning Activities / Leisure Paperwork Intimacy Activities / Leisure Paperwork

Results: Men vs. Women Women think they’re great at Shopping and Groceries. Men think their top skill is Electronics  What are the top 3 household tasks categories you excel the most at? Men respondents What are the top 3 household tasks categories you excel the most at? Women respondents 140 250 120 200 100 150 80 60 100 40 50 20 0 0 Shopping, Groceries Cooking House Cleaning Electronics Activities Leisure Shopping, Groceries

Results Relationship Stage

Results: Relationship Stage  Respondents Relationship Length Breakdown How long have you been in your current relationship? 24% 19% 18% 15% 12% 8% 3% Less than a year 1-2 years 2-4 years 4-6 years 6-10 years 10-20 years Over 20 years

Results: Relationship Stage  Respondents Relationship Length Breakdown How long have you been in your current relationship? Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples 24% 19% 18% 15% 12% 8% 3% Less than a year 1-2 years 2-4 years 4-6 years 6-10 years 10-20 years Over 20 years

Results: Relationship Stage The younger and older the relationship is, the happier people rate it with higher rating as the couple grows old  Average Relationship Rating 9 8.8 8.6 8.4 8.2 8 7.8 7.6 7.4 Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  Chore management follow the same pattern, but this time with young couple giving best ranking on chore management in the couple Average Chore Management Rating 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7 6.9 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  The same trend is observed when we look at how the household chores are shared. Established couples is the segment that shares them the less. "We share household chores" 72% 70% 68% 66% 64% 62% 60% 58% Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  How do you split chores? Verbatims “We have our own areas of expertise which makes a good relationship” Martha F, 34, Thailand “It comes quite naturally now, we both know what we have to do” John F, 45, Singapore Diane H, 24, France

Results: Relationship Stage As the relationship grows, couples tend to specialize in their areas of expertise  How do you split the chores? 120% 100% 80% We have our own areas of expertise 60% We distribute them as they come One of us decides who does what 40% 20% 0% Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  Couples are less demanding about their partner at the beginning of the relationship and when they’ve been together for more than 6 years Would you like your partner to do more at home? 51% 70% 73% No Yes 49% 30% 27% Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage The longer the relationship, the lower the satisfaction becomes regarding receiving signs of affection  I receive enough signs of affection 82% 81% 80% 79% 78% 76% 74% 74% 72% 70% Young Couples Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  Signs of affection - Verbatims “Small details are the ones that count the most” Chloe S, 28, USA “Haha, you will see what happens after you John F, 45, Singapore get married” Jeremy S, 30, UK

Results: Relationship Stage  The frequency of small arguments is quite stable but seems to increase as the couple grow old How often do you have a small argument? 30% 36% 43% Once a week or more Between once a year and once a month Almost never or never 48% 53% 43% 11% 15% Established Couples Veteran Couples 22% Young Couples

Results: Relationship Stage  After being in a relationship for more than 6 years, big arguments tend to disappear How often do you have a big argument? 2% 3% 4% 11% 39% 46% Once a week or more Between once a year and once a month Almost never or never 85% 59% Young Couples 51% Established Couples Veteran Couples

Results West vs. East

Results: West vs. East  We will now split the respondents into 2 main regions: West and East* Singapore Thailand Malaysia Philippines Taiwan Vietnam Cambodia India Nepal 135 12 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 United States United Kingdom France Spain Germany Malta Australia Switzerland New Zealand Belgium Italy Latvia Denmark Luxembourg Ireland 118 77 45 28 11 10 8 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: West vs. East  Western couples are better at managing chores, but Eastern couples rate themselves higher Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: West vs. East  Western couples are more satisfied of the level of affection received Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: West vs. East  Whilst it’s relatively close, Eastern couples are the ones that want their partner to do more Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: West vs. East  Eastern couples show more frequent small arguments Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: West vs. East  And they also show more frequent big arguments than Western couples Responses from Middle East, South America and Africa have been removed

Results: Relationship Stage  Arguments - Verbatims “We get mad at each other for stupid things. The day after we have forgotten” Martha F, 34, Thailand “A good argument is sometimes good for the John F, 45, Singapore relationship” Jeremy S, 30, UK

Results Bad Chore Management and Relationship

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship • 72% agree or strongly agree that bad household chores management can affect a couple relationship • 13% disagree or strongly disagree

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship • 57% agree or strongly agree that bad household chores management can be a break up motive • 21% disagree or strongly disagree

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship Couples that have a small argument more than once a week rate themselves the lowest in chore management and overall relationshipp rating  Small Arguments and Impact on Relationship Ratings 10 9.5 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 Almost Never or Never Between once a year and once a month Average Chore Management Rating Once a week or more Overall Relationship Rating

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship Similar trend is observed for big arguments  Big Arguments and Impact on Relationship Rating 10 9.5 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 Almost Never or Never Between once a year and once a month Average Chore Management Rating Once a week or more Overall Relationship Rating

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship  The more they share, the higher rating is given

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship  Similar but softer trend is observed against overall relationship rating Chore Management vs. Overall Relationship Rating 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Below Average Rating (between 1-7) Average Rating (between 8-9) We share them We have our own areas of expertise Above Average Rating (10)

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship Household Task Management and Relationship Rating Series1 • The correlation factor between Household Chores Management Rating and Overall Relationship rating is .58 Series2 21% 34% 11% 34% 26% 3% 22% 3% 0% 1 0% 1% 2 1% 3% 0% 4% 9% 3 4 5 12% 12% 4% 6 7 8 9 10

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship  Bad Chore Management = Breakup? Verbatims “Yes, if the guy doesn’t do anything, it’s a problem for me” Martha F, 34, Thailand “Agree, but I think less likely to happen after a few years together” John F, 45, Singapore Jeremy S, 30, UK

Results: Bad Chore Management and Relationship  Bad Chore Management = Breakup? Verbatims “That’s a bit extreme but I understand that it can happen” Diane S, 24, France “Possible, but it’s not a fatality, people can fix these kind of issues” Chloe S, 28, USA

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