How often do you wash clothes? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey by Rakuten Research into older men’s awareness of housework.

Demographics

Over the 16th and 17th of May 2013 400 male members of Rakuten Research aged between 50 and 69 years old completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Exactly 25.0% were in each age band 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64 and 65 to 69 years old. Furthermore 40.2% were retired, and 69.5% appear to be married.

For my own part, I manage about an hour of housework per weekday, usually doing some shopping on the way home, washing the dishes and folding up the drying. At the weekends, it’s probably closer to two hours as I help with hanging up the washing and airing the quilts.

Research results

Q1: How interested are you the following housework tasks? (Sample size=400)

  Very interested Somewhat interested Not really interested Not interested at all
Cooking 15.0% 47.0% 28.5% 9.5%
Shopping 12.8% 55.3% 27.5% 4.5%
Cleaning 2.3% 27.0% 53.0% 17.8%
Washing clothes 1.3% 20.8% 55.5% 22.5%

Q2: How often do you actually do the following housework tasks? (Sample size=400)

  5-7 days a week 3-4 days a week 1-2 days a week 2-3 days a month 1 day a month or less Never
Cooking 9.0% 8.0% 17.0% 13.0% 24.5% 28.5%
Shopping 5.0% 15.8% 43.3% 21.8% 9.8% 4.5%
Cleaning 3.3% 4.8% 23.8% 21.8% 28.8% 17.8%
Washing clothes 2.8% 6.0% 17.0% 11.0% 21.0% 42.3%

Q3: Which of the following goods are you interested in? (Sample size=400, multiple answer)

Microwave oven, toaster 33.3%
Food ingredients, spices 32.8%
Pots, frying pans, knives 32.0%
Refrigerator 31.3%
Coffee maker, espresso maker 29.5%
Rice cooker 25.0%
Vaccuum cleaner 22.5%
Home bakery 19.3%
Dish washer, dish dryer 16.8%
Washing machine, clothes dryer 16.0%
Food processor 12.3%
Juicer, mixer 11.3%
Other kitchen appliance 0.5%
Other household appliance 0.8%
None in particular 29.0%

Q4: How much time did you spend before retirement and now spend after retirement on housework every day? (Sample size=161, those retired)

  Didn’t/don’t do Up to 30 minutes 30 minutes to 1 hour 1 to 2 hours 2 to 3 hours More than 3 hours
Before retirement 36.6% 34.2% 24.2% 5.0% 0.0% 0.0%
After retirement 20.5% 17.4% 28.6% 23.6% 6.8% 3.1%

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