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The couple that cleans together stays together, right? It is 2012, after all and real men do fold laundry.
Not so fast. A new study -- that may or may not have been commissioned in the name of Ward Cleaver – finds when husbands and wives share chore duties their marriages are actually more likely to end in a big ol' mess, according to a report from TODAY.
According to the research out of Norway, divorce rate were higher for couples who split housework and were significantly higher for couples when the man did most of the chores.
"The main point is that there is little to indicate that gender equality at home protects against divorce, as many people think and as is typically maintained by scholars in the field," study co-author Thomas Hansen tells TODAY.
But before you allow your hubby to shirk on the sweeping or duck out of doing the dishes, Hansen says the study's findings might just show that relationships in which household duties are equally divided may simply have more modern views on divorce, the news show adds.
Sorry, Ward, you're making dinner tonight. And don't forget to throw a load of whites in, too.