Compared to Americans of the 1960s, Americans today …
1. Watch way more TV.
The daily TV consumption of American households has skyrocketed over the last 50 years from 5 hours to over 8 hours per day, according to Nielsen. Note that if a household is watching 8 hours a day, it may not mean each member of that household is present for all 8 hours.
5. When Americans today do have kids, they spend way more time with them.
The amount of childcare required per household has gone up significantly over the last few decades according to Pew. The demand for childcare has increased as it is now more common for both parents to hold full-time jobs.
9. Men are doing more housework; women are doing less.
Men are spending about twice as much time helping around the house today than there were in the ’60s, according to Pew research. Meanwhile, women’s housework time has decreased by about half, though they still spend more time on it than men do.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the increase in percentage of Americans who would vote for a female president. The percentage rose by 33 percentage points.
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