survey: November 2010 Archives

New shoes hurt women after just 34 minutes

275x250.jpgThe average woman can stand their new pair of shoes for just 34 minutes before grimacing with pain on a night out, it has been found.

Researchers discovered once women have stepped out of the taxi and into a pub or club, they survive just over 30 minutes before their feet hurt.

Four in ten said they even take a spare pair of pumps 'out of habit' to change into because they know their shoes will rub.

And more than half have ended up walking home bare-foot, while one in ten have abandoned their shoes altogether or borrowed someone else's.

But despite this, one fifth claim they would NEVER be put them off wearing a pair of killer heels… maybe that's because the one in ten who have been fireman-lifted home enjoyed it.

275x250.jpgThe average adult doesn't unwind fully until 12.38pm on a Saturday afternoon -- and starts thinking about work again as early as 3.55pm on a Sunday.

Researchers claim it takes millions of workers almost 19 hours to clear their head of office issues before they feel able to relax.

That means in reality the typical Brit gets to enjoy just 27 hours and 17 minutes of their weekend.

The study of 4,000 workers also found six out of ten people end up working at some point over the weekend in a bid to get ahead in time for Monday morning.

Nearly half also say they check work emails over the weekend… but then again almost all check Facebook when they are meant to be working.

275x250.jpgBritish motorists will spend more than eight months of their life stuck in traffic jams, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the average driver spends five hours and 44 minutes behind the wheel each week - but an hour and 56 minutes of that is spent sitting in traffic.

This adds up to eight hours each month. From the age of 17, that's a total of 6,182 hours, or eight months and two weeks.
However, rather than simply waiting for traffic to move many bored drivers say they do things like watch other drivers, listen to music and send a text message.

Other drivers polled claim to spend the time updating Facebook, applying make-up or sending emails… then how come all the ones we see are picking their nose.

English fry-up is Brits top hangover meal

275x250.jpgThe traditional English fry up was yesterday voted as Britain's favourite hangover food.

A tasty combination of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and hash browns was the winner by a mile in the poll of 3,000 people.

The humble bacon sandwich came second and a simple plate of just eggs and bacon was the third choice hangover meal.

Other popular options include a McDonald's breakfast, beans on toast and a stuffed crust pizza.

60% say they wake up starving after a night out drinking and that they hate cooking when hungover… to be honest we hate most things when hungover.

275x250.jpgHigh stress levels at work causes one in three people to comfort eat throughout the day, a study has found.

Research revealed the combination of long hours and a heavy workload causes millions of workers to reach for unhealthy snacks and treats.
It also emerged eight out of ten people regularly gorge on sweets or chocolate to cheer themselves up -- with many then going home for more comfort foods.
Cold weather is also said to tempt more people into comfort eating with 33% of people saying they do it more in winter.

The study of 3,000 people also revealed we spend an average of 1h 40m thinking about food every day… especially when being asked survey questions about it.

275x250.jpgThe average married adult loses out on around 730 hours of sleep every year - thanks to their partner's snoring and fidgeting, it has been found.

A study discovered husbands or wives typically loses two hours a night due to their other half's grunting, tossing or turning.

That means over their lifetime they can expect to be deprived of around 35,770 hours - the equivalent of around three-and-half years kip.

The study of 3,000 people also found women are more likely to be kept awake by their partner's snoring while men's biggest bugbears is a woman's fidgeting.

However, most people say they put up with it because they fear their sex life would go downhill if they weren't sharing a bed.

275x250.jpgThe most common questions of modern life have been revealed as the mundane "What are we having for dinner?" and "Are you okay?"

A poll quizzed 3,000 people about the questions they either ask, are asked, or hear, most on a daily basis.

It was found that we each ask around 37 questions per day - and are in turn asked another 40 by friends, family members, colleagues and strangers.

A third of Brits believe the majority of the questions they are asked come from work colleagues - most commonly asking "Would you like a cup of tea?", "Did you get my email?" and "How are you?"

A further 29% say their partner questions them most regularly asking "How was work?", and "Are you all right?" -- What do you think? Is that correct? Is this another pointless question?

275x250.jpgMore than three million British women have received medical attention or been rushed to hospital - because of their shoes, it's been found.

Researchers say one in ten females have gone to such extreme lengths to wear trendy shoes that they've ended up twisting their ankle or tearing a tendon.

Another third have fallen flat on their face as a result of their heels with many damaging their teeth and breaking their wrists.

The poll of 3,000 women found other injuries sustained in the name of fashion include broken ankles and twisted knees.

But despite this, six in ten girls said they'll grimace and continue to wear killer heels for the sake of fashion… and hope their wounds healed.

275x250.jpgSocial networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are killing off good old fashioned 'people skills', it has been claimed.

Researchers found sites which encourage 'limited character' sentences are affecting peoples' confidence in holding face-to-face conversations.

They're also blamed for many of us losing the ability to use 'body language' to convey thoughts or feelings and a growing reluctance to chat to strangers.

Four out of ten surveyed claimed the social networks had a negative impact on their personal social skills.

In odd news, the researchers didn't note the number of potential respondents who simply grunted at them in the street and carried on walking as they fiddled with Twitter on their iPhone.

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