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What Women Want? Study Claims To Have Determined Routine for ‘Woman’s Perfect Day’

By Monica Bielanko |

What’s involved in your perfect day?

They needed a study for this?

I think it’s pretty clear a perfect day for women, especially moms, is some uninterrupted sleep.

But a group of psychologists came up with a different answer.

According to this report on Click Orlando, researchers asked 900 women about their daily routines and how they feel during that routine. The psychologists then analyzed the answers to create a woman’s “perfect day.” So, obviously, just spending the day in bed is out as the analysis is culled from how women feel during their actual daily routine. Although, most of the women surveyed put getting 8 hours of sleep at the time of their list.

Other than sleep, here is what researchers came up with as the perfect day for a typical woman.

  • Romance with partner: 106 minutes
  • Work: 36 minutes
  • Computer (email & internet): 98 minutes
  • Socializing with friends: 82 minutes
  • Relaxing: 78 minutes
  • Eating: 75 minutes
  • Exercise: 68 minutes
  • On the phone: 57 minutes
  • Shopping: 56 minutes
  • Preparing food: 50 minutes
  • Commuting: 33 minutes

I’m not sure of the exact criteria but there is no way in hell “commuting” and “preparing food” is anywhere in my perfect day.  And 106 minutes of romance? Unless that involves being on the receiving end of a back rub that is way too much time in that department as well.

What do you think? Is this anywhere close to a “perfect day” or just a bunch of bored psychologists getting together for a study that means zilch? Either way, you can find the study published in the Journal of Economic Psychology.

So, all “research” aside, what would your perfect day entail?

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “What Women Want? Study Claims To Have Determined Routine for ‘Woman’s Perfect Day’

  1. Diera says:

    That is downright peculiar. They think I would rather spend as much time commuting to my job as doing my job? And that I’d rather spend as much time shopping as both of those things? And an HOUR on the phone? Good grief.

  2. Kate says:

    Why would the researchers ask the women about their daily routines to discover their ideal day?? Why not just ask them what their ideal day was? Where are the pedicures? The lattes with girlfriends? The massages? The dinner cooked by someone else? The never-ending martini? Sheesh, these researchers need a night out.

  3. Lisa says:

    They’ve clearly confused “average” with “perfect.”.

  4. Megan says:

    This is easily the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. I can honestly say I never desire at least half of the things on this list. Unless maybe I’m just totally abnormal? And I’m sorry, the “romance” time is just ludicrous. Does any mom really want to have romantic time every single day, or am I the only one that has no interest (or time, or energy) for that? And speaking of being a mom, why is there nothing on this list about spending time with your kids? I’m a stay at home mom and I actually like hanging out with my son all day. And I have tons of friends who are also stay at home parents, and they all love being with their kids all day. Who are the people that conducted this “survey”? And who participated in it? Totally bizarre, the whole thing.

  5. Angela says:

    I think you got it right when you said uninterrupted sleep. That sounds like a wonderful, perfect DREAM right now. That list is crazy.

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