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Who knew that such an everyday task like doing the dishes could potentially make or break a marriage?

University of Illinois researchers looked at 220 heterosexual couples, and discovered that an uneven division of household chores negatively affected a wife’s satisfaction with her marriage, particularly if she felt the roles should be more equal.

“If a woman believes that household chores should be divided equally, what happens if they adopt a traditional approach to the matter? The most satisfied couples have similar expectations and follow through on them,” study co-author Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, said in a university news release.

The study was recently published online in the journal Sex Roles.

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