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Women spend less than half the amount of time doing housework than in the 1960s

Women spend considerably less time doing housework than in the 60's. (Thinkstock)It appears the women of today's generation have better things to do with their time than chopping, scrubbing, moping and lugging.

The Telegraph cites a recent U.K. study that reveals women spend considerably less time on cleaning, grocery shopping and meal prep than in 1965 -- averaging 18.2 hours a week compared to 44 hours a week.

Though the reason for the drop likely comes as no surprise.

"The introduction of technology — such as fridges, dishwashers and microwaves — is thought to be behind the fall in housework chores over the last five decades, according to the research by energy supplier npower," writes the Telegraph's Louisa Peacock.

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The study surveyed 577 women and compared the time they dedicated to household chores with 1965 statistics from the Department of Education.

While modern technology has certainly streamlined housekeeping for many, some critics are still uncomfortable with how much time women dedicate to domestic tasks each week, which is about 2.6 hours a day.

If we now work outside the home as many hours per week as our male counterparts, why are we still burdened by most of the housework?

Part of the answer to that question may be found in a recent (informal) survey of 2,000 women in the U.K., which found that women spend on average three hours a week re-doing their husband's chores.

So perhaps we create extra work for ourselves, even when our partner's are trying to chip in.

Another recent Norwegian study found that women carry the majority of the housework burden in 70 per cent of marriages — AND that couple's have greater marital satisfaction when that is the case. Divorce risk even increased when couples shared the housework equally.

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However, last summer, Stats Can reported that the gender gap is narrowing in Canada when it comes to domestic duties.

"As women have increased their hours of paid work, the agency says men have steadily increased their share of household work," the Canadian Press reports, citing that with each generation, the chore gap narrows.

While technology has narrowed the gap, Jezebel's Madeleine Davies offers a simple solution to close the gap even further.

"So, yes, men should really start carrying their weight, but, also, science should probably get to work on making us some robot maids."

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