Domestic Diversions

Getting gross with your partner: Better relationships through dishwashing

The Atlantic reports on the Council of Contemporary Families’ study describing the correlation between who does that dishes and how strong a couples’ relationship is and how long it will last. The Counsil reports that women in heterosexual relationships value sharing dishwashing more than any other household chore.

Caroline Kitchener writes (excerpt):
The nature of dishwashing . . . encourages couples to stand in the kitchen together and work simultaneously until the job is done. That kind of teamwork, especially when practiced regularly, often makes partners feel more connected, ready to tackle the gross and the curdled, in and outside of the sink.


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