Samsung’s latest study reveals the weight of household chores on users’ mental health
The majority of European citizens They spend 86% more time planning household tasks, than to do them. Furthermore, about half believe that technology can help them to alleviate the so-called “invisible mental load” that this type of tasks causes in users, by improving efficiency through connected devices that allow them to save time.
These are just some of the conclusions that Samsung has reached in its latest published study, where the company explains how physical restlessness and mental worry Before performing household tasks (such as taking care of pets or cooking) you can significantly relieve thanks to technology.
Samsung allows you to calculate your own “Invisible Mental Load”
In the study, carried out with more than 6,000 people from all over Europe, it was revealed that The average citizen is responsible for at least 7 tasks in their homewhose realization takes about 30 hours of work a week. This ends up translating into difficulty concentrating in other tasks that must be performed on a daily basis, and higher than usual stress levels. Everything gets worse if, in addition, we add rising energy priceswhich also negatively affects this mental load.
What is truly striking about the study is the revelation that ensures that citizens spend almost as much time mentally preparing to do household chores, than to do them. For example, Europeans spend 92% more time thinking about foodthan to cook it.
“This situation is negatively affecting European households as more than half of those surveyed (51%) admit to feeling stressed at least half of the time, and two in five (41%) have difficulty concentrating on daily tasks. Aggravated by the cost of living crisis, more than half (54%) of those surveyed, 61% in the case of Spaniards, confirm that the rising price of energy has affected domestic tasks, making them more stressful and difficult to manage”
The study’s findings have led Samsung, in collaboration with Mo Gawdat, bestselling author and “happiness expert”to develop a unique formula that allows calculate the level of Invisible Mental Load that household chores cause in citizens. and they have decided offer it in a free tool with which to calculate the personal score from the responses of each user.
Calculate your Invisible Mental Load
Samsung SmartThings promises to ease your Invisible Mental Burden
Of course, Samsung also gives us some advice that can help us reduce Invisible Mental Burden. This is where platforms like SmartThings and its tools aimed at save time and improve efficiency of the tasks performed with the devices connected to its ecosystem.
In that sense, they give as an example SmartThings Energy feature, which allows you to track the energy consumption of household appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers or washing machines. Or the AI Energy Mode which automatically manages energy consumption for maximum efficiency. In our analysis of the Samsung BESPOKE AI EcoBubble washing machine we were able to put some of these functionalities to the test.
On Samsung’s website for this initiative, the company also gives us some tips that can help reduce the invisible mental load in household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, caring for pets, doing laundry, shopping and more.
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