Researchers have revealed the biggest pet peeves in daily life, according to the nation, with bad manners topping the list, with a resounding, 47 percent.
People with body odour taking the seat next to you on the bus also scored high (42 percent), while 38 percent voted for stubbing your toe – and 36 percent said bad customer service gets on their wick. Lateness (34 percent), sales calls (32 percent), slow walkers (32 percent) and people who chew loudly (36 percent) also made the list of major gripes, according to the 2,000 polled. One in ten loathe washing up a scrambled egg pan, while 18 percent see red when their film buffers right in the middle of playing.
Overall, a resounding 86 percent agree that small annoying moments have the power to ruin your day, with the average Brit feeling peeved on average five times a day, according to the survey by from plant-based food makers, Oddlygood. The most annoying day of the week is unsurprisingly Monday, with 41 percent agreeing life seems to be getting more annoying each week.
When it comes to who winds us up the most, work colleagues came top with 23 percent, followed by family 19 percent and friends (18 percent). Despite this, we have more happy moments than sad, with Brits claiming to feel joy seven times a day on average. The happiest day of the week is Friday (41 percent), while a happy go lucky 51 percent of those polled insisting, they are in a good mood most of the time.
A spokesperson for Oddlygood who commissioned the survey commented,
The list of bugbears that will get under the skin of Brits is endless, and we don’t blame them, there’s a lot of annoying things out there. Despite the obvious annoyances, it’s great to see that Brits have more happy moments than sad, so not all hope is lost.
THE 25 BIGGEST DAILY PET PEEVES…
Bad manners – 47 percent
Someone with BO taking the seat next to you on the bus – 42 percent
Stubbing your toe – 38 percent
Bad customer service – 36 percent
People who chew loudly – 36 percent
Lateness – 34 percent
Slow walkers – 32 percent
Sales calls – 28 percent
People talking loudly on their phone in public – 26 percent
People who leave dirty dishes in the sink – 21 percent
Smashing your phone screen – 20 percent
Being splashed by a passing car – 20 percent
Your film “buffering” halfway through a movie – 18 percent
People who talk when you’re trying to concentrate – 17 percent
Not being able to find your car keys – 17 percent
Someone with an annoying laugh – 16 percent
Mould on the last piece of bread – 16 percent
Running for the bus and just missing it – 14 percent
When your Deliveroo order is wrong – 12 percent
Burning your toast – 11 percent
A bad hair day – 11 percent
Washing up your scrambled egg pan – 10 percent
Forgetting your cup of tea and it going cold – 10 percent
Having an annoying song stuck in your head – 9 percent
When you’ve lost weight and no-one notices – 8 percent
Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.