Brits spend two years of their life waiting

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THE average Brit will spend the equivalent of nearly two YEARS of their life just waiting, according to new research.

Researchers took an in depth look into how long Brits spend aimlessly hanging around, with waiting in supermarket queues, delayed flights and waiting impatiently for phones to charge among the main time wasters.

The average Brit will spend TEN HOURS a year waiting for laptops and computers to load and 45 minutes every month will be spent waiting for video buffering to stop, according to the study by TalkTalk.

The research found 11 minutes a week will be spent waiting for phones to update and the equivalent of nine hours a year will be spent twiddling thumbs while TV and films painstakingly download.

The study also revealed sitting in traffic, waiting in for deliveries to arrive and eagerly waiting for food to be served in restaurants were among the things we got fed up of waiting for.

And the typical adult complains in a shop, restaurant, doctor’s surgery or on the phone NINE times a month about how long something is taking.

The research uncovered that 14 per cent of Brits spent so long hanging around they shouted at a shop assistant and 23 per cent have cried in frustration that they were having to wait so long.

And the typical adult will dedicate 48 minutes of every month waiting for the bus to pull up, the poll of 1,500 Brits found.

The data also revealed Brits spend 38 days of their life waiting for parcels and goods to be delivered, with a further 18 days spent queuing in the post office.

Nearly seven in 10 of the adults polled said they seem to spend a lot of their time aimlessly waiting around.

A staggering 94 per cent of respondents were in agreement that modern life has made us impatient and that we have come to expect things instantly.

In addition to that, 95 per cent said they think it would do their health the world of good if they relaxed and let things happen when they happen.

TIME SPENT WAITING FOR….

Phone to charge 1.2 hours a month / 37 days over a lifetime

Sitting in traffic 1.2 hours a month / 37 days over a lifetime

Deliveries to arrive 1.2 hours a month / 37 days over a lifetime

The washing machine to finish 59 minutes a month / 30 days over a lifetime

Computer or device to load 53 minutes a month / 27 days over a lifetime

Your partner to get ready 52 minutes a month / 27 days over a lifetime

Food in restaurants 51 minutes a month / 26 days over a lifetime

Being on hold 50 minutes a month / 26 days over a lifetime

The oven to heat up 50 minutes a month / 26 days over a lifetime

Supermarket queue 49 minutes a month / 25 days over a lifetime

Buses 48 minutes a month / 25 days over a lifetime

Waiting for tradesmen to arrive 47 minutes a month / 24 days over a lifetime

To see a doctor 46 minutes a month / 24 days over a lifetime

Films, TV shows to download 46 minutes a month / 24 days over a lifetime

Video buffering to stop 45 minutes a month / 23 days over a lifetime

Phone to update 44 minutes a month / 23 days over a lifetime

Trains 43 minutes a month / 22 days over a lifetime

Kids to get ready for school 39 minutes a month / 20 days over a lifetime

Waiting for car to be serviced / MOT 37 minutes a month / 19 days over a lifetime

The post office queue 36 minutes a month / 18 days over a lifetime

Delayed flights 35 minutes a month / 18 days over a lifetime

Queuing in the bank 34 minutes a month / 17 days over a lifetime

Outside the school gates 34 minutes a month / 17 days over a lifetime

Coffee in a coffee shop 33 minutes a month / 17 days over a lifetime

Outside changing rooms 30 minutes a month / 15 days over a lifetime

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