survey: November 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Female bosses are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours new research has shown.

Instead of berating colleagues for getting errands done in company time, women are more likely to appreciate the fact that staff have to maintain a work–life balance.

They will only address the issue if employees are behind in their work when  spotted on Facebook, Twitter or shopping websites, or overhearing them making personal calls.
Female bosses are also more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff.
In contrast, male bosses were more inclined to tell employees off for letting home life get in the way of work, and admitted to having to do so on a daily basis.

275x250.jpg Researchers have found that more than half of Brits admit to keeping an eye on their neighbours’ comings and goings and regularly snoop on them to see what they’re up to.

Watching from the window, listening over the fence, looking through their rubbish and Googling how much they paid for the property are just some of the ways we keep tabs on our neighbours.
Forty four per cent of 2,000 adults polled said they can’t resist having a nose if another resident on their street gets a delivery or has guests to visit.
A quarter of people say they know if their neighbours are having relationship problems and half even keep track of new guests and visitors they haven’t seen before.

Despite this, most Brits don't consider themselves as nosy, instead saying that they think it is neighbourly to keep an eye on what's happening on their street.

275x250.jpg Despite the fact that Brits are renowned for their impeccable manners, research suggests saying "Thank You" is fast becoming a thing of the past.

That's because one in three of us now opts for the less formal 'Cheers' and other 'Thank You' alternatives commonly used include: 'ta', 'merci', 'nice one' and 'cool'.

But it's not all bad news for sticklers of good manners -- it was also found that average person will say thank you nearly 5,000 times a year.

And 95% of those surveyed claim manners are important to them while eight in ten Brits believe their own etiquette is spot on.

However, 73% of Brits also reveal that the reasoning behind why they say ‘thank you’ is because they were brought up to do so rather than being genuinely grateful.

275x250.jpg The average woman owns 12 items of clothing which she bought - purely because a friend looked so good in the same thing.

A recent study found found most females have a large percentage of clothing in their wardrobe which they first noticed on someone who sits near them at work or was worn by a friend.
Around one in three of 2,000 women polled said they have bought an item of clothing within days of seeing a friend in one.
Another third admitted copying an entire outfit from a friend and the average women was found to have five items in their wardrobe which are exactly the same as something a friend or colleague owns.

Despite this one in ten said they would be annoyed with a friend who copied their style and bought something similar.

275x250.jpg Parents of two children treat their youngest as the favourite, new research has found.

A study of 1,803 parents shows that 59 per cent of the time, parents will subconsciously choose the youngest child over the eldest.
In particular, mums and dads are more likely to side with a younger child in an argument, lavish them with more attention, let them have their own way and spend longer reading with them.
Younger children also benefit from more treats and cuddles, and their parents find it hard refusing them anything they want.
Of the 1,803 people questioned, only 23 per cent of parents were prepared to admit they DID have a favourite child – of these, 54 per cent chose their youngest child.

275x250.jpg Seven in ten women spend up to 20 minutes deliberating over whether to have a dessert in a restaurant, a survey has found.
The research discovered most finally give in to temptation, after wasting time worrying about their waistline and not wanting to look unhealthy in front of their partner.
In fact, sixty per cent of those that can’t resist a pudding, opt to share their dessert with a friend or partner to spare themselves the guilt afterwards.
Yet, despite this most of the women surveyed said they would choose a dessert over a starter and even a main course, with many admitting that a pudding is their favourite part of a whole meal.

Men on the other hand don’t think twice about ordering a dessert and are more likely to consider the cost of the pudding than the calories.

275x250.jpg A third of under 30s in the UK have only ever been on a beach holiday; as opposed to going on a city break or activity-based holiday, it's been found.

The discovery about how unadventurous young people can be when it comes to choosing a holiday was found by a poll of more than 1,600 people.

While 33% of those polled had only ever been on a beach holiday, 7% said they'd only ever been on a city break, whilst 11% confessed to only ever going on ‚ski holidays‚.

57% of the beach only holidaymakers said it was due to the fact beach holidays were the kind of holiday that they liked the best while 12%, said they found them "more affordable".

Despite the findings, two fifths, 41%, said they would like to be "more adventurous" when it came to their holidays.

275x250.jpgForget carefully thought-out Christmas presents, the majority of us will opt for standard gifts like gift cards or smellies this festive season.

A poll of more than 2,000 Brits discovered that two thirds of us also buy friends and loved ones Christmas presents with an ‘ulterior motive’ in mind.
52%, purchase presents for friends that they can also benefit from; such as concert tickets while 21% gift presents they would like to eventually ’borrow’.

Other gifts which prove most popular include meals out, CDs, DVDs.

A spokesperson for, which conduced the study said: "It may seem pretty selfish to admit to buying a present for someone that you will also benefit from, but let’s face it; we all love being taken out for dinner!"

275x250.jpg The tooth fairy pays children in London more for their teeth than those in any other region of the UK, a study has revealed.

A poll of parents found that of the 61 percent of kids who are visited by the tooth fairy, those in London get the most -- an average of £5.10 for each missing milk tooth.

The second best place to live for cashing in on the profitable tooth market was found to be Cambridge (£5.00) followed by Cardiff (£4.75)

Other good places to make the most out of the tooth fairy were Liverpool (£4.50) and Manchester (£4.35).

However, we think the old TF might have something against some towns and cities -- in Hull Portsmouth and York she pays out 10p or under per tooth.

275x250.jpg The temperature of the house sparks more arguments during winter than any other subject, according to research.

Thousands of British couples crank up the heating the minute summer comes to an end  causing the bickering to start.
Four out of ten couples will have at least two arguments every day about the heating and in two thirds of cases couples will bicker because he is hot while she is cold.
More than half of those polled admitted during winter, one of them often finds it difficult to sleep because they are too warm.

The study of 2,000 homeowners also found the bedroom is the scene of most rows… presumably because it is not hot enough there!

275x250.jpg Sleep-starved Brits are more likely to wake up at 3.44am than at any other time during the night, a study has revealed.
Researchers found the typical Brit is woken twice a night by dripping taps, noisy neighbours, snoring, kicking partners and pawing pets.
The study also showed four in ten struggle to fall asleep, with the average Brit taking 46 minutes to nod off.
Worries about money and work were the most common culprits, whilst one sixth blamed eating late and too much caffeine.
Nearly half said they felt tired all day long as a result of their interrupted sleep and one in five admitted finding themselves nodding off during the day… maybe they were reading newslite!

275x250.jpg People will spend less money this Christmas than any other for the last five years, it has been found.

Research into spending habits discovered Christmas 2011 is set to be the most low-budget since 2007.

57% of the 1,462 people polled also said they do not feel prepared financially for the festive season.

And after feeling the pinch due to the recent economic downturn, the majority of people say they will be spending less than recent years.

Asked to estimate how much Christmas will cost them £692.18 was the average; just over half of the average amount spent in 2007.

275x250.jpg The average Brit only feels at the top of their game for one day of the working week - and usually on a Tuesday, it has emerged.

Researchers who studied the lifestyles of 2,000 adults found work stress, sleepless nights and money issues leave many of us unable to give 100 per cent every day.
Tuesday morning at around 11.30am was identified as the point when most people feel at their most efficient, having struggled through Monday and come to terms with the week's workload.
Fridays and Mondays are our least efficient days, while Saturdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm emerged as the point when we are at our most relaxed, according to the research.
So what do you think, were you at the top of your game this morning… we know we weren't.

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