Revealed at long last: what women really want
It is the eternal question that has plagued the minds of men for centuries: what do women want?
But the answer may be simpler than previously thought, after scientists used statistical analysis to compile the average woman's "perfect day".
Their work suggests a typical Western woman would like to spend 56 minutes shopping, 75 minutes eating and just 36 minutes working.
The research, conducted by American and German researchers, showed they would like an uninterrupted eight hours of sleep.
Once awake, they would enjoy 50 minutes preparing food for themselves, friends or family, and an hour and a quarter sitting down to eat it.
According to the survey, they would also like to spend 106 minutes of romantic or "intimate" time with their partners.
The survey, of 900 employed woman with an average age of 38, measured how women would ideally balance their working, family and personal lives.
The average respondent was found to hanker after a 33-minute commute, and 98 minutes spent on the computer, email or internet.
A paltry 36 minutes were dedicated to paid work, with 68 minutes assigned to exercise and 57 minutes to "talking on the phone". A further 82 minutes would be spent "socialising", researchers found.
The study incorporated data from the US Time Use Survey to finally discover the "perfect" day.
Surprisingly, those questioned chose to balance more traditionally enjoyable tasks with mundane chores.
This, researchers believe, is based on an understanding that even the more exciting of activities would soon become dull without negative experiences to compare them to.
The team leading the study concluded: "Our research asks what a perfect day would look like if we take into account the crucial fact that even the most pleasurable activities are usually less enjoyable the longer they last and the more often we do them."
They found that most women's ideal day contained 16 different activities, including socialising and earning money. (© Daily Telegraph, London)