The average Brit will spend the equivalent of nearly two years of their life just waiting, according to a new study from TalkTalk.
Researchers took an in depth look into how long us Brits spend aimlessly hanging around, with waiting in supermarket queues, delayed flights and for phones to charge among the main time wasters.
The average Brit will spend:
- 10 hours a year waiting for laptops and computers
- 9 hours a year waiting for TV and films download
- 45 minutes a month waiting for video buffering
- 11 minutes a week waiting for phones to update
With many of us online shopping, streaming films or watching live TV on the internet while using other devices at the same time, the demands of modern homes have surpassed standard broadband.
It’s no wonder that waiting for the internet is causing Brits to lose their cool so much – 138 times year to be precise. TalkTalk has coined the term ‘load rage’ to describe this modern-day phenomenon.
Patience is a virtue
Sitting in traffic, staying in for deliveries to arrive and eagerly waiting for food to be served in restaurants were among the things we got fed up with waiting for.
A 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% of Brits spent so long hanging around they shouted at a shop assistant and 23% have cried in frustration that they were having to wait so long.
We will dedicate 48 minutes of every month waiting for the bus to arrive. A further 38 days of our life will be spent waiting for parcels and goods to be delivered to our house, and 18 days spent queuing in the post office.
Time is money
Laurent Kretzschmar, Head of Product at TalkTalk said: “We all lead increasingly busy lives and our time is valuable.
“Although technology and connectivity have accelerated so many aspects of our lives, with countless devices all connecting to our internet, many busy households have outgrown standard broadband.
“While a faster internet connection won’t speed up post office queues, fibre broadband gives you the speed and the bandwidth you need to stream, download, browse and upload at the same time without slowing your experience, giving you some precious time back.”
A staggering 94% 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% said they think it would do their health the world of good if they relaxed and let things happen when they happen.