The pandemic has wreaked havoc on almost every aspect of American life, including the cleanliness of one’s home. However, one thing remains clear: sharing household chores is a powerful love language for couples that could be the key to spicing things up in the bedroom. Lively couples who team up for household chores have stronger communication and more satisfying sex lives, according to a new survey commissioned by Roborock, creator of ultra-smart home robots designed to make life easier.
Nearly half of cohabiting couples agree their homes are messier than before the pandemic, according to the survey, but three-quarters of those couples disagree on how to divide the chores fairly. More than a third even said they offered sexual favors to entice their partner to do their share of household chores.
Other key findings include:
• Whose drudgery is it anyway? : One in five people say they are always stuck in the dirty work, taking on the tasks assigned to their partner at the same time as their own. Only 9% say their partner always fulfills their part of the “to do” list. Same-sex couples are 11% more likely to do their partner’s household chores than opposite-sex couples.
• Poor performance: 34% of couples believe that their partner deliberately did the household chores poorly to avoid doing them in the future.
• Speak to me properly: 56% of couples think that sharing tasks fairly would improve their sex life; the majority of couples (53%) even consider equal responsibilities in household chores to be just as important to the health of their relationship as their actual sex life.
• The big divide: 40% of couples admit that they argue more about household chores with their partner today than before the pandemic. Nearly half of respondents believe that a more balanced distribution of household chores would reduce the frequency of arguments.
• Cheating the system: One in two couples thinks not helping with household chores is just as bad or worse than cheating on your partner, with 60% of couples saying an equal division of labor would improve their loyalty.
The online survey of 2,000 American adults who cohabit with a significant other was conducted by Roborock in collaboration with Pollfish to explore the impact of home cleanliness and the division of household responsibilities on relationship health. While many couples struggle with sharing household chores in quarantine, these survey results confirm the value of couples who make an active effort to share chores equally for the benefit of the relationship.