survey: October 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgSleepy Brits don't wake-up fully until around 10am every morning, a study of snoozers has found.

Despite getting out of bed at an average of 6.40am, eight in ten Brits admit they don't feel properly awake for hours.

In fact, most of us say we only feel 100 per cent alert at 9.55am and have used tried and tested methods of waking ourselves up.

52 percent said they do not feel awake until after siting down to breakfast, while 17 percent say they resort to playing loud music.

Sixteen percent even have a cold shower first thing in the morning in an attempt to get their body going and one in ten do exercise… after which we would be ready to go back to bed.

The average ten-year-old has a collection of toys worth almost £7,000 - but plays with just £330 worth of them, it has been claimed.

A study quizzed 3,000 parents about their children's toys and found the typical one owns 238, but play with just 12 'favourites' on a daily basis.

This means kids are enjoying just five per cent of their toys -- and mom and dad have wasted a fortune on noisy bits of plastic.

It was also found parents think their children end up picking the same toys day in and day out because they have too many to choose from.

The poll also revealed 35% of construction toys such as Lego rarely get used… unless you include when Dad plays with it on his own.

Three quarters of bosses rarely believe that staff who call in sick have a genuine illness, it has been revealed.

Researchers found millions of managers are suspicious of workers who throw sickies - and many admit they think less of staff who take days off due to illness.

Nearly three in four said they were less likely to consider someone for promotion who threw regular sickies and would think twice about offering a pay rise to someone without 100% attendance.

The poll of 3,000 bosses also found 82 percent don't think a cold is a good enough reason to take time off, while 44 per cent expect someone to turn up even if they have a migraine.

In fact, a third of bosses say they'd like their workforce would go in, even if they were suffering a broken arm, sickness or diarrhoea. That stinks.

The typical Brit now spends more than NINE HOURS every day fiddling with gadgets, it's been found.

Researchers discovered the average adult uses a computer for four hours a day, plus another hour and a half on a laptop.

In addition they will also surf the web, text and use email or social media on their smart phones for another 56 minutes each day.

Computer games take up another 38 minutes of the average day, while the same amount of time will be spent using an mp3 player.

The study also showed the average Brit spends 16 minutes switching channels on the television… when they can prise the remote from their partner.

Hobbies such as stamp collecting, train spotting and model making are dying out, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the quintessential British pastimes are now considered 'boring' or 'for anoraks'.

Other hobbies which modern kids turn their noses up at include collecting marbles, completing jigsaws and constructing train sets.

Instead  youngsters now count 'watching television', 'playing computer games' or 'Facebooking', as their 'hobby'.

The trend emerged in a study of 1,000 adults and 1,000 children aged between 11 and 18… now we are not sure how they got the kids off Facebook for long enough to answer the question either.

When Katie Price recently claimed in court her poor driving was because she was a 'typical woman driver' - many couldn't believe she had pulled the sex card.

But according to a recent study, she's not the only one and 88% of women have used their gender to excuse their actions or avoid situations completely.

What's more, just over half (52%) of the 1,451 women polled, claim they do it regularly, and for a variety of reasons.

Problems parking the car are the top situation in which gender excuses are cites with 67% of women trying it on, followed by catching insects (56%).

Carrying heavy items (48%) cam next, then opening jars (40%). 35% also say they use gender to 'avoid confrontation' -- which could be harder after the results of this poll.

Motorists are less likely to let white vans pull out at junctions than any other vehicle, a study has revealed.

While nine out of ten drivers regularly give the nod to cars waiting to join queueing traffic, one in three said they would ignore a white man van.

Nearly half the 3,000 drivers polled said they examined a car's make and model before deciding whether to give way.

Other vehicles which have less chance of being let out emerged as BMW 3 Series, X Series and Z Series.

Audi TTs, Ferraris and Lamborghini Diablos also have little or no chance of being waved through… not that drivers will complain about sitting in those cars for an extra few minutes.

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