Doing the dishes causes the most spats among couples
Keeping house and home in order is hard work, especially for full-time workers. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that some relatively simple household chores can cause a lot of tension in relationships.
- 90% of couples will spend up to ONE HOUR arguing with their significant other over chores!
- 15% of ex-couples revealed that quarrelling over household chores was a direct contributor to the breakdown of the relationship
- Doing the dishes is the chore causing the highest percentage of troubles, with more than half of couples arguing over it
- Dusting is the least stressful chore, with only 9% of couples arguing over it
ShowersToYou.co.uk surveyed 2,459 couples to find which chores cause the most conflicts. All chores considered in this study were a result of trawling through online forums for lists of the most commonly fought over chores within households. Turns out, the chore that causes the most rifts is pretty dirty!
- Doing the dishes is the chore most likely to cause arguments, with 57% of couples reportedly getting into a spat over it.
- Taking out the rubbish and cleaning the kitchen came second and third, at 46% and 42% respectively.
- In fourth place is cleaning the bathroom (36%) and fifth is doing laundry (29%).
- Grocery shopping came sixth at 26% – perhaps in part to many opting to do this chore solo!
- In close quarters are changing/making the bed and vacuuming, at 22% and 21% respectively, leading them to be some of the least argument causing chores, at seventh and eighth place.
- Ninth place is home to ironing, with this chore only 15% more likely to cause arguments.
- Dusting is the chore most likely to cause the least amount of arguments, with only 9%, suggesting a lot of couples are fine with sweeping this one under the rug!
Of the respondents who are no longer in relationships, 15% revealed that quarrelling over household chores was a direct contributor to the breakdown of their relationship.
- 40% of respondents disclosed that a lack of appraisal or acknowledgement for doing chores was a large factor in the sparking of arguments.
- 90% of couples will spend up to ONE HOUR arguing with their significant other over chores, with 45% of these arguments incited by a feeling of the chore not having been completed properly.
- 30% of couples argued about the timings of the chore, showing that keeping to a schedule was a high priority. Only 15% argued over who was doing what chore, and the remaining 10% argued over entirely different things, with one respondent claiming that they “didn’t like doing it” – which isn’t surprising!
- ShowersToYou surveyed 1,397 ex-couples and 1,062 couples to find out which household chore caused the most arguments between them.
- Those no longer in relationships were asked if they thought chores and related arguments were associated with the breakup.
- The list of chores was generated by scouring Mumsnet, Reddit, and other such forums in order to find the most commonly complained about chores within thread posts.