Deakin University has used the amazing new Roomba vacuum cleaner robot in a study to see how it impacts on the lives of married couples.
“We gave 200 couples a Roomba vacuum cleaner robot and carefully monitored the behaviour of each couple with 24-hour surveillance to see if the device could achieve marital harmony better than going to therapy, meditation and the various activities couples use to cope with the stresses and strains of co-habitation,” said Professor Ogilvy.
The groundbreaking study shows the gadget reduces arguments about who should do household chores but introduces other issues that increase tension.
“What we discovered is some men try to use Roomba for activities it’s not designed for such cleaning the bath, shower and in the most extreme case a toilet – causing an electrical shortage. The ensuing arguments over a lack of intelligence and who will pay for the damage empirically proves the device does not always assist married couples.”
Roomba’s low profile can also lead to unforeseen accidents when people return home drunk, stepping on the device twisting ankles and leading to the use of profane language.
The Green Party has weighed into the debate about the long-term benefits of Roomba saying that there are other ways of cleaning floors that don’t waste electricity, such as Baby-mop – a specially designed suit with dusters on the bottom that uses the neverending energy of babies to buff hard floors. The Greens say when a solar powered vacuum is added to Baby-Mop it will reduce the amount of carbon being put into the atmosphere by millions of tonnes as well as being an amusing sideshow to entertain guests at parties.