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Do You Spend More Time Getting Ready on Mondays than Fridays?

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A study conducted by British department store Debenhams concluded that women spend four times as long getting ready for work on Mondays as they do on Fridays. Researchers found that women spend 76 minutes on Mondays getting ready—hair, makeup, clothing, showering, bathing—by Tuesday this drops to 40 minutes. By Friday? A paltry 19 minutes.

The men in the study also became lost causes later in the week.

They take 28 minutes on Monday, half that on Tuesday and 11 for the rest of the week. "It's clear that most men can only pay attention to their appearance for a maximum of two days before opting for an acceptable level of dishevelment," said Watson. "Women try to keep their dress standards higher for longer, but by the time Friday comes, they too have gone down a line of least resistance."
· Do your colleagues look better on Mondays? [Reuters]