Study Finds That Women Are More Efficient Than Men at Loading the Dishwasher

A damning new study released in Southern Living has found that women are far more efficient than men at loading a household dishwasher. The research was picked up by several major news outlets on Friday as it counters an age-old belief that men are the more “mechanically-inclined” gender.

Sampling a group of 249 men and 252 women, participants were asked to load a dishwasher with as many glasses, utensils, dishes, and Tupperware containers as they could within 60 seconds. The study found that women outperformed the men in every category.

On average, women loaded six more items to the dishwasher within the specified timeframe. Men were less organized when loading the dishwasher, in the sense that they didn’t group the items in an efficient manner. In fact, 23 percent of the men loaded drinking glasses on both the top and bottom rack of the dishwasher.

Surprisingly, men across America are taking the results well. “Honestly, I’m not surprised,” said Jonathan O’Connor, a devoted husband and father of three. “It’s always been my job to load and unload the dishwasher. With this newfound research, I think it would be good to play to my wife’s strengths and let her take on the role.”