On Monday we asked you if you think that there is a big difference between men and women with regard to time spent for personal care.

Well, 13% got it right. When it comes to personal care the gap between men and women is actually quite small.

Overall it appears that in average (26 OECD countries surveyed), men spend 639 minutes per day (out of 1,440) on personal care, while women spend 655 minutes per day.

But wat does personal care time mean? As defined by the OECD study it includes the time spent on sleeping, eating and drinking, personal hygiene (including professional services), medical services, spiritual activities, and traveling for personal purposes.

French first, Swedes lastOut of the 26 surveyed OECD countries, the French spend the most time on personal care. A French man spends 743 minutes in a single day while French women spend 761 minutes. On the lower end we have the Swedes, who devote the least time to personal care: 573 minutes for men and 617 minutes for women.

Sleeping accounts for much of the personal time. The Turks spend the most time in bed, on average a Turk sleeps for 530 minutes a day. If we look at men only, Danish men sleep the most (532 minutes) compared to Italian men who sleep for only 448 minutes and Danish women who sleep for 497 minutes. Swedish women sleep the most (543) while Japanese women sleep the least (435 minutes).

But let's not go overboard with gender equality as there is still a substantial gap when we look at the time spent on unpaid work such as household chores or shopping. Mexican women spend the most time on these tasks at 383 minutes a day while Mexican men spend an average of 137 minutes on unpaid work. Next are Portuguese women who spend 328 minutes a day on unpaid work while their menfolk spend only 96 minutes, the lowest in Europe after Turkey. In Europe, the most helpful men are the Danes who spend 186 minutes a day helping out at home.

Sources:
Gender Game "Play the GG", LISER, www.liser.lu; based on: www.oecd.org/gender, 2016.
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/oecd-countries-that-spend-the-most-time-on-personal-care.html