A study by Men’s Health magazine found that 72% of men believe the role of a man has changed from a generation ago, but not to the point where the genders have “reversed” their roles. Among those in relationships, 44% say they do more work around the house than their fathers did—but only 22% say they do more work than their mothers did.
Men may feel their roles have changed but their overall values and goals seem highly traditional. Almost 90% agree that protecting one’s family is a vital characteristic of being a man today, but half also agree they “give up some masculinity” to be loving and nurturing fathers. Men’s top three life goals also appear quite old-fashioned:
- Provide for my family;
- Find a career that makes me happy;
- Find someone to spend the rest of my life with.