How the ‘crown’ domesticated men –

The covid pandemic has had a remarkable impact on families. It made men spend more time at home and increased their share of routine housework. This is shown by a survey in families with children.

During the covid pandemic, men became such a domesticated species as they never were.

Sociologists from the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found out. In April, during pandemic restrictions, they conducted a survey of 1,600 families with children and parents of different sexes. They then compared it to an earlier probe in the same households.

They noticed significant differences in the distribution of housework and childcare. During the pandemic, men significantly increased their share of routine household activities. In most families, the ratio of housework and childcare has become more balanced.

The men jumped behind the housewife

Before the pandemic, only 27 percent of parents said that they evenly split routine work at the hob, sink or washing machine, or during cleaning. In mid-April, during the closures (lockdown), but there were 42 percent of them (see graph).

The graph illustrates changes in the division of labor in the common household. Above pale blue: Most of the work is done by the father. Middle purple: Work is shared evenly by parents. Bottom red: Most of the work is done by the mother., source: University of Utah

Men have also become more involved in childcare. Before the pandemic, 45 percent of parents said they distributed childcare relatively evenly. In mid-April, their share increased to 56 percent (see next chart).


The next graph shows the changes in the division of labor that are directly related to childcare / children, source: University of Utah

Click on the graphs for a better view.

This shift was naturally due to the fact that men had to stay at home with their wives and children. Some worked from home, others lost their jobs.

“Demand often met supply in this case. Many housekeepers could not visit the property during the lockdown while the men stayed at home,” quoted website leader Daniel Carlson as saying..

The pandemic has thus pushed many heterosexual couples into an equal or more equal division of roles in the household.

A small gender revolution

Authors of the survey, which was published on the republishing website SocArXiv they are not sure if this situation will last. They acknowledge that once the pandemic subsides, social restrictions are lifted and economies are fully opened, the situation may return to pre-pandemic status.

Daniel Carlson and his colleagues at the University of Utah, Richard Pett and Joanna Pepin, who participated in the research, recommend that companies – where possible – allow employees to work from home to a greater extent than before. Or at least offer them more flexible working hours.

In such a case, a small gender revolution in households may not be in vain.


Nothing should be exaggerated. Not even the domestication of a man, source: