The key finding of the study has been quite startling with about 70% of Indian mothers describing themselves as unhappy. Mothers gave maximum weightage (31.1%) to their own perception of the kind of moms they are, as a key driver of their happiness. Interestingly, however, while 73% of mums thought that they weren’t great at being mothers, they admitted that their children (56%) and their husbands (37%) would rate them as great moms.
The other key drivers of their happiness as per the index were their marriage, their level of financial empowerment, the amount of personal time they got in a day, and the support they received at the workplace and from their peer groups. As far as their top stressors go, mums said monitoring the internet and gadget use of their kids was on top. Managing their food consumption, discipline, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities came next.
59% moms admitted to being unhappy with their marriages and the unhappiest mothers confessed that they haven’t received any appreciation from their husbands in the last one year. What was interesting to note, however, was that older moms (48%) turned out to be happier than younger ones. Working moms (52%) also emerged as far more content than their non-working counterparts.
Speaking on the study, Vishal Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO Momspresso, “Momspresso has always been committed to supporting Indian mothers in their journey as parents as well as women. By delving deep into all the content and blogs on our platform and reading about the joys, exhaustion, challenges and euphoria that Indian mothers feel each day, the one question that continued to beg an answer was –‘Are Indian Moms Happy?’ To answer this pertinent question, we zeroed in on the “Mom’s Happiness Index” initiative with an aim to encourage dialogue and discourse on what moms go through, what they think, what they need and ultimately, how they can be made happier. We hope that this survey will not only foster discussion but also enhance awareness about the true state, the real aspirations and needs of the modern Indian mum today.”
Raji Bonala, Director – Vox Populi Research, said, “From previous research, we knew moms were overworked but we were surprised at the intensity of it. Having said that, we now have robust data from a reliable survey like Momspresso.com’s which shows that there is a transformation from a duty-oriented ‘mother’ to a ‘person’ seeking empowerment and social distinction, who makes a real difference to her family.”
The Vox Populi study conducted by Momspresso not only aimed to uncover other similar aspects of motherhood, but also sought to bring the discourse about happiness of moms and levels of contentment amongst women into the mainstream through this unique exercise.
Momspresso is India’s largest user-generated content platform for women. The finely-brewed content on Momspresso offers support to moms across the country, not just in their journeys as parents but also in their lives as wives, daughters, and – most importantly – as women! Launched in 2010, Momspresso is based out of Gurgaon, Haryana. The platform attracts 10 million users every month, consuming and creating content on subjects as diverse as conception, pregnancy and baby care, teenage and adolescent issues, beauty, fashion, healthcare, and travel. Momspresso users can quickly set up their own blog and express themselves freely to other likeminded mothers in 7 different languages - English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada. The company has recently launched Momspresso TV, India's first video channel dedicated to mothers, which already has a rich repository of over 500 videos.
About Vox Populi
Vox Populi Research is a consumer insights consultancy, headquartered in Gurgaon, specializing in providing business and marketing solutions to clients in the domestic and international markets. Their approach is rooted in the fundamentals of social sciences and combines the power of technology with layered cultural understanding to help clients build winning brands. Vox Populi partnered with Momspresso on this path breaking research on the happiness of the contemporary Indian mothers.