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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hey, ladies, scientists say you need to bring them their slippers

So much to mock here:
"Robotic vacuum cleaners like Roomba and other "labor-saving devices" may be a woman's worst friend.
That finding emerged from a longitudinal study that suggests 60s icons like "the Beav's mom" spent twice as much time cleaning house as their 21st century counterparts, which might explain why today's women are fatter than their moms.
Calorie-wise, women went from burning 4,663 calories per week doing chores around the house in 1965 to 2,806 per week in 2010, wrote Edward Archer, PhD, of the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina in Columbia, and colleagues, inPLoS One.
What have women replaced all that time with? Mostly screen time, which increased from 8.3 hours per week in 1965 to 16.5 hours per week in 2010 (< 0.001), they wrote."


  1. Have these scientists ever used a roomba? You burn plenty of calories getting up to get it unstuck after it sticks itself in a corner twentybazillion times. :)

  2. A correlation is not the same thing as a cause. What else has changed about women since 1965? I think it would be easier to say what hasn't changed.

    I'm so impressed with how well you kept your mocking to a minimum. ;-)

  3. That's funny. My husband does 98% of our housework (no roomba, but he doesn't vacuum usually anyway), and he's still overweight. I'd tell him he must be doing it wrong, but that would cut into my workout time.

  4. Really? Only 16.5 hours of screen time? Someone told me the other day that the average American preschool watches over 6 hours a day (... this is not verified... )

  5. Just heard this on the news tonight (I'm living the life clearly on Friday night). Seems legit. I mean its not like food is all manufactured now and people work desk jobs. Nah, that doesn't factor in.