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Cutting down on housework

How much time do you spend doing household chores?

A short report in The Telegraph today describes how technology has reduced the time we spend cleaning and tidying up our homes to a fraction of what it used to be, and in the future we can expect it to be reduced even more.

The report says that “New research claims that Britons used to spend 63 hours a week on housework in 1953, but improvements in washing machines, dishwashers, dryers and vacuum cleaners mean that figure has declined sharply over the last three decades. Today, many people expect chores to be a thing of the past by 2033”

It then goes on to say that… “in a survey commissioned by electronics giant LG, respondents said they expected the technology of the near future to include a fridge that automatically placed online shopping orders, a washing machine that could be activated using a mobile phone, vacuum cleaners with a mind of their own and an oven that detects if food is burnt and turns itself off.”

Sounds great doesn’t it? But what are we doing with all that extra time?

I suspect quite a proportion of us are working to pay for these ‘time saving’ devices, and many more of us are spending our extra time watching TV and surfing the internet.

Full report by Matt Warman on technology news page at The Telegraph