A woman's perfect day She'd like 106 minutes of romance and 82 minutes of socialising (but only 36 minutes at work)
07:58 GMT, 22 October 2012
With the pressure of juggling work, children and the home, you might have thought a woman’s perfect day would mostly involve sitting in a spa doing, frankly, not a lot.
But you’d be wrong. In fact, according to a study, the top priority in a woman’s ideal routine would be a little romance with their partner – 106 minutes of it, to be precise.
Researchers asked 900 women with an average age of 38 what they do each day and how they feel about it, analysing their answers to produce the perfect daily routine.
What women want: According to a study, the fairer sex crave a little romance with their partner
After eight hours of uninterrupted
sleep, next on the list was what the researchers termed ‘intimate
relations’, followed by spending time on the computer, at 98 minutes,
and socialising, on 82 minutes. The day was further broken down into 78
minutes relaxing, 56 minutes of shopping and 57 minutes talking on the
The study concluded that variety was
the most important thing – which perhaps explains why the list also
includes 68 minutes exercising and 36 minutes working.
Writing in the Journal of Economic
Psychology, the researchers explained: ‘Our research asks what a perfect
day would look like if we take into account the crucial fact that even
the most pleasurable activities are usually less enjoyable the longer
they last and the more often we do them.’
Technology rules: After eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and 'intimate relations' came spending time on the computer
Coffee o'clock: Socialising also came near the top of the list of things women wanted to spend their time doing
Me time: The ideal day was further broken down into 78 minutes of relaxing
The researchers also analysed data
from a US Time Use Survey, which measures the amount of time men and
women spend on different pastimes, to help produce their perfect
It would include 16 different
activities, each taking between 33 and 106 minutes. But if women could
be entirely self-indulgent and hedonistic, their day would be rather
different. Then they would spend 619 minutes a day with their partner,
103 minutes socialising and 74 minutes relaxing.
They wouldn’t spend any time working
or commuting, and only two minutes on housework, and another two minutes
with the children. The researchers, from the University of Bremen in
Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, said:
‘Greater wellbeing includes spending a little more time with friends, a
lot more time with relatives, and a lot less time with the boss and
Despite most men thinking that women love to spend time shopping, the survey said differently
Chatterbox: Another feature of a woman's perfect day was spending 57 minutes talking on the phone
Variety is the spice of life: The survey concluded that variety was important explaining why the list included 68 minutes of exercise
‘A likely, but short-sighted, reaction
would be to fully maximise the time spent with intimate relations and
minimise the amount of time we spend commuting.
‘But the joy we get out of the first
hour of shopping is likely to be greater than during the fifth or sixth
hour. Another problem is that certain activities are attractive because
we do them so rarely.
‘Scarcity can therefore be expected to be a central feature of why we enjoy intimate relations more than work.’
The fairer sex declared they only wanted to spend 36 minutes a day working
Bon appetit! Women opted to spend 75 minutes a day eating
Despite enjoying eating, women do not want to spend lots of time preparing food
If women could be entirely self-indulgent, their day would be different and they wouldn't spend any time commuting