Wednesday 21 February 2018

Women are 'far more likely' to cheat if men don't help with household chores

Men who know how to use the washing machine are more likely to have a happy marriage. Picture posed

Henry Samuel in Paris

Women are far more likely to cheat on men who fail to pull their weight with the housework.

And the best way to a woman's heart is by doing the dishes and hoovering up, a survey of 10,000 female subscribers to Gleedon - a website for people wanting to have an affair - suggests.

Seven in 10 claimed they were driven to infidelity because their partner was found wanting in the chores department.

They highlighted their inability to clean the toilet or empty the washing machine.

Gleeden is an extra-marital dating site made by women, which launched in France but now operates in 159 countries, including Ireland.

It ran the study to try to pinpoint the key reason women were tempted to cheat on their husbands and partners.

The overwhelming motive was: "He didn't play enough of a role in daily household chores," reported French website LeBonbon.

Almost nine in 10 of those who were questioned said they were deeply frustrated by their man's tendency to dodge household tasks. And 84pc admitted housework had caused major arguments.

Overburdened, women dreamed of forgetting the rubber gloves in another's arms, the poll suggested.

The findings could give Irish men the incentive to get the duster out.

According to a survey last year by French statistics agency Insee, which found that women in France still carry out two thirds of domestic chores, there has been some improvement of late.

This tallies with recent figures released in the UK suggesting that white males do 31pc of the house chores, spending around six hours doing cooking, cleaning washing and ironing - compared to the 14 hours that women put in.

However, black British men were far more useful around the house, doing around 40pc of the chores, the study suggested.

It is not all one-way traffic, however. A 2014 Ifop poll found that 55pc of French men and 32pc of French women are unfaithful and that infidelity is on the rise.

But the French were seen to be champions of forgiveness.

Irish Independent

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