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Dads get more ‘me time’ than mums, new study confirms


Research proves it! Dads are taking much more time for themselves than mums.

And if that isn’t bad enough, 70% of mums said they felt like they “don’t get enough credit for all the work” they put into things.

Dads get more time to themselves than mums do

A new survey from Zulily found that 68% of mums say they take only 1-5 hours of ‘me time’ a week. 88% of mums surveyed said they are primarily the “giver”.

Meanwhile, 37% of dads say they get between 6-10 hours to themselves a week. Out of the dads surveyed, only 26% of them reported a lower number of hours to themselves than mums.

The Zulily survey also found that 70% of mums feel they “don’t get enough credit for all the work that goes into the holidays”.

Other research suggests that if fathers did just 50 minutes more at home each day (childcare and chores), then there would be more equality between mums and dads.

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families.

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their familiesBUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

This comes after another study found that men spend seven hours a year in total hiding in the bathroom on their phones, apparently!

A study commissioned by Pebble Grey, a bathroom expert, conducted a poll surveying 1,000 men in the U.K.

They found that 45% of men claimed they hardly ever had any time to themselves, with a quarter of them revealing their partner didn’t understand how hectic their lives were.

25% of men in the poll admitted that toilet time was an important coping strategy for them, and 23% called their restroom their personal ‘safe place’.

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their familiesBUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Why hide away in the loo? The poll found these 3 main reasons:

  1. To escape nagging partners
  2. To avoid household chores or noisy kids
  3. To use their mobile phone in peace

“We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely,” a spokesman for Pebble Grey said.

“And the bathroom appears to be the go-to place for those moments – it’s very much a sanctuary, somewhere we can cut ourselves off from the outside world, albeit just temporarily.”

“As the results suggest, peace and quiet is sacred, and clearly, men take the opportunity to get this where they can.”

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their familiesBUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Meanwhile, the poll found that 1 in 10 of their visits to the restroom were interrupted by partners and/or kids.

Amazingly, that works out to be 171 interruptions during the course of a typical year!

“Apparently, some things aren’t sacred anymore – including being left alone to use the loo,” the spokesperson added. 

“So it’s no wonder so many households have introduced rules to prevent disturbances.” 

“Sadly though, it seems few people adhere to this rule or respect the hallowed ground that is the bathroom.”

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