Social Media Versus Household Chores: Men And Women In Quarantine

Cook dinner or watch YouTube videos? Educate yourself or video chat with friends? Working in the bedroom or in the kitchen? And do I need to clean up before a work call? And try to look presentable, paint, do your hair?

In self-isolation, women and men set different priorities. Sometimes it is forced, sometimes of its own accord. HONOR conducted a study for the launch of the new MagicBook series of notebooks to find out how differently men and women experienced self-isolation.

Relations with children

In quarantine, 60% of parents began to spend more time with their children. And 11% of women sat with a child 100% more time. Children had to be somehow entertained and distracted, and at the same time had time to work. And although during self-isolation the men managed to establish contact with the child, which was previously more difficult, it was women who acted as entertainers. Thus, 47% of mothers were engaged in a child, while fathers preferred sports and walks. They used cartoons, games and drawing, and 23% also mentioned that they included online development courses on their home computer. 79% of respondents said they use a laptop to develop their children.

Activities during and after work

In self-isolation, people had more time for themselves. We take away the time that we used to spend on getting ready and traveling, and we add working hours during which no one controls us. Women were forced to be distracted by cooking and cleaning, 58% and 45%, respectively. 50% studied on their own laptop. Another 16% took care of themselves, did a manicure, make-up, hair, and often right during work calls. Men used remote mode as an opportunity for entertainment: 36% studied the news, 18% managed to take part in several work calls at the same time, 27% chatted with friends, and 24% watched videos.

Anxieties and fears

A modern person already has enough reasons for concern, and quarantine only added fuel to the fire. From the standard – the syndrome of missed profit (English Fear of missing out; abbreviated to FMS or FoMO) – the fear of missing an interesting event, hypochondria – exaggerated fears for their health, as well as a feeling of complete helplessness and loss of control over what is happening. An unusual thing is the alarm about the laptop’s camera and microphone not turned off. Yes, not only the walls have ears, but the home computer too. In general, men were less wary of this than women, but not much. Both were afraid of being seen in an unsightly state or without clothes, they feared that colleagues would hear complaints about their superiors, or that the camera would be turned on during sex. 68% cleaned only that part of the room that was within the camera’s line of sight, and women did this more often than men – 54% versus 46%. 

Home office

Women and men approached the organization of the workplace differently. Both of them had a hard time: not everywhere there are sockets, not all furniture moves easily and not all apartments have a balcony to work in the fresh air. According to the results of the study, the bedroom or kitchen became a place of strength for women, while men preferred the study.

Also, men worked in a car and in public transport – 25% and 10%, respectively, and 2% closed themselves with a laptop in the toilet. Wherever you can go for the sake of beautiful moments of silence.


In general, women feel more comfortable and more able to work in remote mode – 60% of them are not averse to continuing to work from home. Men, on the other hand, are not worried about the prospect of going to the office, for the most part they do not care where to work from – their 39%. And 8% are even more comfortable in the office. 43% of men and women would prefer to work in a hybrid format – 2-3 days in the office, and the rest of the time at the laptop at home. Men do not have enough live communication with colleagues, while women are looking for opportunities to show themselves and escape from household chores.

We can say that self-isolation gave men less worries than women. They were not very worried about where to work, they calmly found time for entertainment and did not feel left out. The women, on the other hand, felt a great deal of stress due to their daily household chores in the remote work mode. They dreamed of solitude and the restoration of moral strength.

One way or another, both of them quarantined in the company of personal laptops, on which double the burden and responsibility lay. And if earlier it was used mainly for personal purposes, now in 71% of cases it is used to solve work tasks.

When buying a laptop, men paid attention to the video card (37%), high resolution (21%) and screen diagonal (43%), and for women, the brand (19%), battery capacity (16%), the number of connectors and dimensions ( 25%). Now 67% of men and women pay attention to the battery power, 65% – to the amount of built-in RAM, 40% – to the screen diagonal. 

Self-isolation has changed the way the home laptop is viewed, and HONOR has taken this into account. Based on survey results and customer needs analysis, HONOR has created the redesigned HONOR MagicBook laptops with 11th Gen Intel® Core ™ processors, delivering new ways to work and play. The brand took into account the complexity of the workplace and the importance of battery capacity. Due to the lack of charge, using a laptop away from an outlet is problematic for 24% of users: when buying a new model, they pay attention to the battery power.

Thanks to battery life up to 10.5 hours, you can safely take the lightweight and compact device to any corner of your home office and beyond. And when working on a balcony, even in direct sunlight, a bright, realistic image is ensured – the screen is covered with an anti-reflective protective film.

In quarantine, people began to spend much more time behind laptop screens. Women are worried about the eyesight of children who use a laptop for study on self-isolation more often than usual (22%). HONOR cares about the health of the eyes of users: HONOR MagicBook is equipped with a FullView screen with Eye Comfort mode.