Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Silly Surveys are not for Boomer Women

As a veteran journalist who has reported on various surveys, I know that many of them are not all that they appear to be. We may be told that an OVERWHELMING majority may believe this or that but the number of people actually surveyed may only be a couple of thousand people or even less.

Now here comes another survey that has me shaking my head in disgust: Doing Household Chores Actually Turns-Up The Romance New Survey Reveals Women Unclog Their Minds While Clearing Drains

A new survey from Liquid-Plumr of 1,000 women ages 18 and older shows:
• A third of women admitted to fantasizing about their significant other WHILE DOING HOUSEWORK.
• 49% of women were more likely to be in the mood to be intimate after their chores were complete.

This survey was reportedly conducted by KRC Research on behalf of Liquid-Plumr. A total of 1,000 women 18 years old and older were interviewed via telephone from Nov. 2 to Nov. 12, 2012, including cell-phone exchanges.

I don't know who these women were but I am guessing many of them were single and on the younger---WAY YOUNGER---side of 50. Who in the world fantasizes about their significant other while scrubbing toilets and bathtubs or washing dishes? And who in the world would be in a romantic mood after spending a significant amount of time cleaning. How about a "Calgon take me away" moment instead?

Now to the contrary, there is ANOTHER survey that says the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work. One of the authors of this Norwegian based study says the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate. Either this is a totally sexist survey in believing that a woman's place is in the home doing housework OR the women surveyed don't want to entertain the idea that they may have married a gay man. Personally, I want a man who knows how to do housework. That means he had some home training growing up.

Either way, neither one of these surveys seem to make any sense to me. What do you think?


Melodieann Whiteley said...

I may be thinking about my husband while cleaning up after him but I don't know that I would call it "fantasizing." And any man that knows how to clean up after himself and is willing to help is a keeper in my book. Where do they get this nonsense?

Sharon Greenthal said...

I think it's ridiculous. And I think there's a solution - if you can swing it - hire a housekeeper to come in every so often and do the big stuff. For me, the smell of cleaning solution does nothing for my sex drive - and my husband is actually not too bad at cleaning.

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Ludicrous, I say, to both. I remember many years ago as a newbie at the newspaper and being suckered by a survey. I mentioned it to my editor, and he taught me the importance of considering who conducted the survey, who (and how many) answered, and the motive for publishing the results.

Patricia said...

Agreed... makes no sense to me either.

Walker Thornton said...

Really? I've never ever fantasized about a man while unclogging a drain--unless it was to fantasize about having a man around to do those kind of chores!

Guess the takeaway is to remember that even the most 'objective' study has some bias!

Laura Lee Carter aka the Midlife Crisis Queen said...

HONESTLY??? I'll go with the sign I have hanging in my kitchen right now: "HOUSEWORK NEVER KILLED ANYONE, BUT WHY TAKE A CHANCE?" And I've had it with "expert" advice too! I'm the only expert I know on what I think!

Beverly Mahone said...


Iam always amazed at the kinds of surveys these companies come up with. They will slant it any way to suit their particular needs. And you noticed that the business representing the survey is a "cleaning company."

Beverly Mahone said...


I love the smell of Pine Sol but, like you, it doesn't turn me on to the point that I get in the "mood." By the time I'm finished I'm in the mood to REST. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Beverly Mahone said...


If you notice the company connected to the survey is one that markets cleaning products---that automatically tells me the survey is tainted to serve their particular purpose---and the survey comes out around Valentine's Day--that's even WORSE! Thanks for commenting.

Beverly Mahone said...


It's funny that I have never met a single person who was connected to one of these ridiculous surveys. I would almost be inclined to believe they are made up. Thanks for commenting.

Beverly Mahone said...


There doesn't appear to be anything objective about that survey. Liquid Plumr---need I say more??? Thanks for commenting.

NotaSupermom said...

I kind of love it when my husband does dishes, but not that much.