The Average Brit Will Spend 8 Years Watching Telly In Their Lifetime

The average Brit will spend over three years posting on social media, one year down the pub and eight months queuing during their adult years, according to new research.

argument-238529_960_720People will typically spend eight months laughing, five weeks arguing and 30 hours crying during the average adult lifetime.

Those polled will also watch TV for eight years, four months, commute for one year, seven months and spend 17 years, 41 days asleep as a grown-up.

Overseen by statistician Dr Geoff Ellis, the research of 3,000 UK adults was commissioned as part of the Samsung ‘Time of our Lives’ report to mark the launch of the new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.

Social Psychologist Dr Becky Spellman, who led the research, said: “The research suggests we are busier today than at any other time in history.

“The under 40s are working longer hours, have their diaries packed with social activities and are glued to multiple screen devices – to stay constantly connected to the world via social media.

“Interestingly as we become a generation of people who find it hard to switch off, our brains are adjusting and making us even better multi-taskers.

macbook-606763_960_720“Our ability to juggle, manage and process information is growing at a substantial rate.”

During their adult years, the typical Brit will cry 315 times, take 1135 days off work to relax and will attend around 67 parties – spending a total of 214 hours mingling.

The average Brit will spend one year, three months cleaning compared to just 13 months being affectionate with their partners.

Respondents will have 4,226 arguments, make 3,407 visits to their local drinking establishment and will pull around 39 sickies from work.

On average, the English spend 368 days down the pub – more than the Welsh (279 days), Northern Irish (299 days) and Scottish (298 days).

As a grown-up, Brits will spend a total of 12 years working – and will graft for one year, three months outside of their contracted hours.

girl-571808_960_720The research also found Brits are at their happiest aged 35 years old – and three years, two months will be spent on holiday during the average adult lifetime.

Seven in 10 people said they exercise – and on average, those that do will spend one year, three months keeping fit as a grown-up. Of those aged under 40, 93 per cent exercise – compared to six in 10 people aged 65 and over.

Each week, 40s Brits in their 40s typically spend three hours, 25 minutes keeping fit, while the over 65s spend one hour, 27 minutes getting into shape.

People under 40 spend an average of one hour and 47 minutes a day updating social media – in comparison, the over-65s spend 40 minutes tweeting and posting on Facebook.

Those aged 65 and over watch four hours, two minutes of TV everyday while the under 40s watch telly for two hours, 40 minutes.

blogger-336371_960_720Nine in 10 Brits aged under 40 said they look at several devices at a time while watching television, however only a quarter of over 65s use more than one screen when the TV is on.

Sam Grant, Marketing Director at Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland said: “The hectic pace of modern life means more and more people want to keep tabs on their own lifestyles.

“Whether it is the time spent motionless at their desks, the footsteps clocked up during the day, the hours spent in bed – or the time spent checking social media.

“The new Samsung Gear S3 watch is designed to help people make the most of their time and enables them to track all aspects of their life at the touch of a button.”


17 years, 41 days sleeping
13 years, three months working – including one year, three months outside of contracted hours
Eight years, 110 days watching TV
Three years, two months on holiday
Three years, 10 days on social media
One year, seven months commuting
One year, three months cleaning
13 months being affectionate with partners
One year at pubs and bars
Eight months and two weeks laughing
Seven months queuing
One month arguing
One month socialising at parties
One day, six hours crying

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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.