Dana Ullman, Time Bandits California

Labor saving devices may not be saving us that much time, according to a study reported in American Demographics (Jan. 1997).  Women with microwave ovens for instance, spent just four minutes less per day preparing food than women without microwaves.  And women with washing machines actually spent more time doing laundry than those without.  No word on how much time men were saving by ignoring these chores completely.