Household Appliances and the Use of Time: The United States and Britain since the 1920s.
Electrical appliances used in housework have diffused at slower rates than those used for entertainment. Housework appliances did not shorten domestic working hours until the introduction of television made large inroads into domestic time budgets. Television viewing appears to have expanded up to the point where it no longer gave greater satisfaction than housework. Unlike the appliances of housework, those providing entertainment are not gendered and have benefited from rapid technical inno...Expand abstract
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