A video showing a girlfriend’s ‘petty’ reaction to her boyfriend not doing any chores around the house has drawn viral attention online.
Shared to TikTok on Thursday, the video – which has now received over 5 million views – was posted by couple Sarah and Bobby who use handle sarahandbob241.
In the video, Bobby says: “I appreciate that I don’t do any chores around the house, and that’s been acknowledged in the past, but I feel like it’s a message because she did her side of the bed and left my side.” Throughout the now-viral video, the text overlay reads, “When your girlfriend is working pettiness level 100.”
Showing one half of the bed beautifully made and another still unmade, the video left viewers in stitches. One viewer wrote, “I gotta start doing this,” while another said, “She’s right. Not gonna lie, I did the same thing.”
In a 2022 paper, University of Utah associate professor Daniel Carlson analyzed surveys from the 1990s and early 2000s to break down how couples divide up work in the home — from who takes out the trash to who does the laundry.
Carlson found that overall, men do less than 40% of household chores, but in more equal households there is more variation, including men and women doing roughly equal amounts of chores. housewives which vary between 40 and 60%.
Looking at the data, Carlson found that increasing the proportion of men doing overall housework is positively associated with women’s reports of relationship quality, but negatively associated with men’s reports.
Carlson’s research found that the most mutually beneficial arrangement of household chores is one where all chores are shared equally. While men may be equally satisfied with not doing housework or sharing chores equally, women’s greatest satisfaction is when all or most of the chores are shared, proving that for a happy relationship, it is better to divide these tasks.
In the video, Bobby asked viewers, “On the level ‘she scores a point’, 10 being she scores a point and 1 being she’s petty, what do you think?” Viewers rushed to answer the question.
“11/10 I would say mate,” wrote one commenter. While another said: “10 she scores a point.”
Another TikTok user wrote, “Your girlfriend is your partner, not your mom or your maid. Do your part.”
“I mean, they say actions speak louder than words,” another comment read.
Some viewers were inspired by how the woman got her point across: “I have been married to my husband for 25 years,” one viewer wrote. “Why didn’t I ever think of that? That’s great, top score from me.”
With over 18,000 responses, the couple were amused by the reaction to their video and said Newsweek: “It’s funny because Bobby actually does a lot of cleaning and if people have been following us for a while they will have seen the videos where [Sarah] asks him obvious questions to annoy him when he’s doing the laundry or vacuuming. People take things at face value, but we’re happy that our videos keep people entertained.”
Elsewhere online, a woman has sparked a debate after sharing that she misses her boyfriend’s “chubby” body after losing weight.