Almost a third of green-eyed Brits are secretly jealous of a friend who has done better than them in life, according to a new study.
Researchers took an in depth look into how Britons feel about their lives compared to those of their friends and family.
According to the poll, 29% feel resentful, admitting they secretly wish they had the lifestyle and material things that a close friend or family member has.
The Currys PC World study, which surveyed 5,000 Britons, found that 42% said they know someone in their social circle who always has the latest “must have thing”.
It found that:
- 12% have gone and bought the latest phone as soon as they realised a friend had it
- 5% have bought the same television as a friend because they were jealous of how it looked in their house
- 5% have emulated the same hairstyle of a friend they admire
- 5% have purchased the same car as someone they look up to
- 2% have even gone as far as purchasing a holiday home, just because a friend or family had one.
According to the data, 55% secretly aspire to have the life of their best friend, while 21% want the life of the next-door neighbour. A further 18% dream of having the life of a work colleague.
Matt Walburn, Brand and Communications Director, Currys PC World said: “It’s only natural that there is some form of rivalry between groups of friends. We all know that one person who is the first to get the latest smartphone or must-have gadget.
“It’s healthy to want to strive for a better lifestyle and to want nice things, It’s never worth falling out with friends, however, it’s flattering if you’re the person everyone is trying to be like.”
However, 68% of Brits admit many of the people they would like to trade lives with are shallow and materialistic.
Ironically, 21% of Brits say it annoys them when friends copy things they have spent their hard-earned cash on.