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Men and women totally disagree on who decides what their family eats

Irish people don’t just argue about how they share the household load – they argue about who they think does what.

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THE GENDER SPLIT is alive and well and sitting around your kitchen table.

In an always interesting experiment, Irish men and women have been surveyed about their influence on household decisions and – surprise, surprise – they don’t agree.

Research by Carat Pulse News finds that the issue of who decides what a couple or family eats in a given week is a source of disagreement and delusion. A majority of women believe that they are the sole decision-maker in what is bought (64%) and cooked (55%) in their home.

However, many men believe they are at least joint decision-makers in this regard with 56% believing food choices are a 50/50 decision and 57% believing they have at least as much input into planning family meals as their other half.

This inconsistency in thought about who controls what around a household is carried through to other areas, albeit not as glaringly.

More women believe that they are jointly responsible, or have influence in choosing TV and internet service providers than is borne out by the same question posed to men about who has sole control of those things.

There is much more familial harmony around who gets to decide what the décor of the home should be, or who looks after the choice of utility provider and bills.

Is this your experience at home? Do you think you take care of certain areas of running the household, but your partner is sure that they have at least the same influence as you? Let us know. But don’t have an argument over breakfast because of it.

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