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- A recent data analysis from Pew Research Center shows that teenage girls are spending more time on housework than teenage boys.
- The data was collected from daily time diaries a subset of teens ages 15 to 17 kept as part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ The Current Population Survey between 2014 and 2017.
- According to the data, girls spent an average of 38 minutes per day on housework, while boys their age dedicated an average of 24 minutes to the same activity.
- The girls included in the study also spent more time on homework, grooming, and errands than the boys did.
Recent research data suggests that there are major differences between the ways teenage boys and teenage girls spend their time.
In February 2019, Pew Research Center took a closer look at the one-day 24-hour time diaries a subset of teens ages 15 to 17 kept between 2014 – 2017 as part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ The Current Population Survey. The diaries asked teenagers from 2,190 households per month to log the time they spent on education, housework, errands, paid work, volunteering, leisure, grooming, eating, and sleeping. For the purposes of Pew Research Center’s analysis, only diaries kept during the typical school year – September through June – were included in the study.
The research center’s analysis shows that both genders are devoting more time to sleep and homework compared to data from 2003 to 2006, and less time on paid work and socializing.
However, the time spent on day-to-day activities is significantly different between the two genders.
According to the study, teenage girls (ages 15 to 17) spend 14 more minutes on housework per day than teenage boys the same age
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Teen girls spent an average of 38 minutes on housework a day during the months of September through June, while teen boys spent an average of 24 minutes on housework in the same time period.
Girls typically spent 29 of those 38 minutes on food preparation and cleaning, while boys spent an average of 12 minutes doing the same tasks.
“It’s true across the life course that women typically do more housework than men,” Livingston told INSIDER. “I think what was striking is that this gender gap is apparent as young as ages 15 – 17, that was very interesting to me.”
Teenage girls also spent more time on errands, homework, and grooming
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The fact that teen girls spent about 23 minutes more per day on grooming was also striking to Livingston, especially considering a report that came out on the same day that found girls are more likely to be concerned with their appearance than boys are. According to Pew Research Center, 35% of girls said they faced pressure to look good, while 23% of boys felt the same way.
“It’s interesting to juxtapose that finding with this finding that [girls] are indeed spending quite a bit more time on their appearance,” Livingston said.
When it comes to how societal norms and expectations affect teenagers’ lives, Livingston prefers to let the data speak for itself.
“We stick to the data, so I can’t really say [how societal norms affect teens’ day-to-day schedules], but I think it certainly fits with a lot of what we hear in terms of females being evaluated on appearance more so than men,” Livingston told us. “I can’t say explicitly say if that’s what this is reflecting, but it certainly fits in with that narrative that other experts would suggest.”
Livingston thinks the time spent on homework is one of the most surprising findings
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According to Pew Research Center’s findings, girls spend an average of one hour and 11 minutes on homework while boys dedicate an average of 50 minutes to the same task, which Livingston said is a half-hour increase from data analyzed in the mid-’90s.
“A half hour may not sound like much, but that’s a half hour a day so that does add up,” she said.