survey: December 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgOnly one in ten Brits is currently in the career they dreamed of as a child,  it has been found.

More than nine out of ten admit they are 'totally dissatisfied' with their current job and would 'quit tomorrow' if they had the chance.

Nearly two-thirds still harbour ambitions of pursuing their childhood dreams, with the majority having done so for more than ten years.

But a lack of contacts, courage and confidence means less than a fifth of the UK workforce has taken active steps towards making a career change.

In other news, if anyone knows how we can become a chocolate taster or astronaut (or an outer space chocolate taster) please let us know.

275x250.jpgA poll of movie fans has seen the Will Ferrell flick 'Elf' named as the best Christmas film of all time.

The 2003 movie beat of competition from the classic Miracle on 34th Street with Home Alone coming in third.

Other popular festive films included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Snowman and Love Actually.

56 percent said they'd be sitting down to watch a classic Christmas film on Christmas Day while 41 percent said they'd be doing the same on Boxing Day.

Asked what makes a classic Christmas film, 64 percent said a happy ending was the most important thing... so they won't be watching Se7en then.

Board games cause most Christmas arguments

275x250.jpgPlaying board games will be the biggest cause of family argument this Christmas, it has been found.

A new study discovered a third of families will argue over the Christmas holidays, and while they will be prompted by a variety of factors, board games will be the main cause.

Picking what game to play and then arguing over rules will prompt a number of arguments… but not as many as cheating family members.

Other things sure to cause family fights are disliked gifts and argument over which TV programmes should be watched.
 
And that's before you get to disagreements about whose turn it is to take driving or cooking responsibilities… despite this LACK of time spent with family also causes arguments.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits will be left red-faced this Christmas spirit after kissing a colleague or flirting with the boss at the work X-mas party.

Researchers found one in five workers have snogged a colleague at the Christmas party, while another one in ten have flirted with the boss.

Another 31 per cent just spend the night gossiping about their colleague or boss and 24 per cent embarrass themselves by dancing wildly on the dance floor.

Flirting with colleagues, falling over and telling workmates what they really think of them also leaves Brits feeling sorry for themselves the morning after.

But for almost one in 20, they are so embarrassed following their exploits at the Christmas party they have even quit their job. Don't say we didn't warn you.

275x250.jpgOne in three Brits already know what they're getting for Christmas - because they've uncovered hidden presents in their house.

Researchers found a cheeky 37 per cent of adults have hunted high and low for their gifts and eight in ten have ended up finding them.

One in five have ripped the wrapping paper enough to figure out what it was and put it back, while one in twenty have pulled the paper off completely.

And it turns out women are more likely to hunt out presents - with 40 per cent admitting to snooping around compared to one third of men.

If you are tempted to go and have a snoop now it's worth noting on top of cupboards, under the beds and stairs emerged as the most popular festive packages hiding places.

275x250.jpgBrits will spend more than four hours trying to figure out their new presents on Christmas Day, a study has found.

Setting up new gadgets, reading instructions and removing complicated packaging will see the average person struggling for four hours and 12 minutes.

The largest chunk of that time - an hour and 45 minutes - is spent simply trying to figure out how to get their new gift working and ready to use.

Another 56 minutes goes on getting new gadgets set up and ready to go while more than 47 minutes is spent trying to master toys and other gifts.

And amazingly almost 45 minutes is even taken up just trying to get the new gifts and toys out of the packaging… you'd think Santa would have done that before dropping them off.

275x250.jpgMore of us will this year re-gift unwanted Christmas presents than ever before… and we'll even wrap them in festive paper we tore off our own presents last year.

A study of festive shoppers found that many of us are opting to re-use yuletide paraphernalia from last year in a bid to save money.

73 percent of people will apparently recycle unwanted presents they were disappointed with last year and 52 percent will re-use some old wrapping paper they have stored.

The poll of 1,000 people also found that 24% have given up sending Christmas cards altogether.

However, the re-gifting and re-wrapping does introduce one problem… remembering what someone gave you last year, so you don'e give it back.

275x250.jpgWasteful Brits needlessly spend £1,213-a-year each on unused gym memberships, clothes they don't wear and even food and drink, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found that subscriptions to unread magazines, gadgets which don't get used and CDs and music downloads which never get played, add to the total.
 
With New Year's resolutions just around the corner, the biggest waste of money was said to be on gym memberships, slimming clubs and exercise classes (£303-a-year).
 
Night classes or courses which see Brits get bored and lose interest account for another £172-a-year, while unused sports clothes and equipment sees £158 thrown down the drain.

Other wastes of money include unwatched and unplayed DVDs or computer games and TV channels that don't get watched… because people are too busy avoiding going to the gym.

LEGO bricks named as the greatest ever toy

275x250.jpgA poll of 3,000 parents has seen LEGO voted as the greatest toy ever made.

The colourful building bricks, invented in 1949 by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, were hailed as versatile and great value for money.

Slot car game Scalextric came second and was followed by the classic board game Monopoly - know as 'monotony' by some due to its reputation for being never ending.

Other top toys according to the parents included the Nintendo Wii, Play Doh, Barbie and the Etch-A-Sketch. They also liked Action Man, and Space Hoppers, and Twister…

Which sounds to us like there will be a few parents on Christmas morning desperately hoping their child gets bored quickly so they can have a play.

regreted purchasesHave you eve bought something only to later regret the purchase? Of course you have… a recent study found Brits will waste more than £49,000 in their lifetime.

In fact, researchers discovered we spend £68.44 each month on items which we later wish we hadn’t bought.

That adds up to £821.28 a year or more than £49,687 from the age of 18… suddenly all those shoes don't look so good do they?

Surprisingly, researchers found men are the worst offenders frittering away more than £968 a year compared to the £649 wasted by women.

And that's a statistic men will now hear quoted at them if they dare to suggest their partner has wasted money by buying a £800 handbag.

275x250.jpgOne in six Brits will ONLY buy Christmas presents for friends and family if they are reduced, a survey of 5,000 shoppers has found.

Researchers into present buying habits discovered stingy Brits are taking advantage of sales and two-for-one offers to stock up on gifts ahead of the festive period.

Alcohol top the list of goods which are being snapped up from store shelves, followed by clothes and kids' toys. And two thirds of people say they will buy some discounted presents.

But a tight one-in-six say ALL the presents they buy will be on offer in some way, shape or form.

Just in case my wife is reading this, I will not be one of those. Honest. Not after last year anyway.




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