Changing duvet covers, people who Instagram their meals and Ed Sheeran have been voted among the nation’s top 50 most boring things.
People in the UK describe themselves as “bored” for over three hours a day, and say that on average, they feel like they have “nothing to do” at least twice daily.
Work is one of the most common places for boredom to strike, with 22 per cent of respondents saying they’re bored for up to two hours – or 25 per cent – of their workday.
The study of 2000 adults in the UK was commissioned by online gaming company Casumo.com, whose spokesman said: “Boredom can be a real problem for many people, even if they’re happy with their lives in general.
“Boredom can sap productivity, and make people feel like there’s nothing good going on in their lives.
“We were surprised to find that people are more likely to feel bored at home than they are at work, and perhaps this shows a lack of imagination on the nation’s part, that they can’t entertainingly fill their free hours.”
Being stuck in traffic emerged as the most boring thing about modern life, aggravating over half of the nation. This was closely followed by waiting in queues at the post office, being put on hold, and the humdrum routine of everyday life.
A slow internet connection, listening to drab football pundits’ analysis and cleaning the house also appeared in the list of the most boring things in life, as did PowerPoint presentations, the Kardashians and unnecessary work meetings.
Four in 10 respondents said that they are bored more often now than they were as a child, and the most common time of day to experience boredom is 12:44 pm.
And 25 per cent of people say that they can’t even remember the last time something truly memorable happened to them. Almost a tenth of the nation believes that all of their time drags past slowly, and a further 46 per cent say they notice it happening sometimes.
Casumo’s spokesman said: “A quarter of the population say that playing games online is one of the ways they defeat boredom. We can help with that, but unfortunately, we can’t do anything to make being stuck in traffic more exciting.”
THE 50 MOST BORING THINGS IN LIFE
1. Being stuck in traffic
2. Standing in line
3. Being on hold
4. Junk mail
5. Slow internet connections
6. Listening to politicians
7. Watching TV adverts
8. The routine of everyday life
9. Sitting in a waiting room
10. Queuing in the post office
11. Having no money
12. Tidying up the house
13. Waiting in for a delivery
14. The Kardashians
15. People who Instagram their food
16. Football pundits’ analysis
17. Unnecessary meetings
18. Cleaning the bathroom
19. Reality TV shows
20. Doing the washing-up
22. Television shopping channels
23. Emptying the bins
24. Paying bills
25. Delayed trains
26. The daily commute
27. Formula 1
28. New mums on Facebook who constantly upload pictures of their baby
29. Social media challenges
30. Small talk
31. Changing a duvet cover
32. Waiting for a train
33. Phone calls that could be quick emails
34. Looking for a parking space
35. Company-wide emails
36. Filling tax returns
37. Horse racing
38. PowerPoint presentations
39. Places without Wi-Fi
40. Trailing around behind your partner in a clothes shop
42. Waiting for your phone to recharge
43. Waiting for the oven to heat up
44. Rice cakes
45. Ed Sheeran
46. Gardener’s World
47. People telling you about their dream
48. Working overtime for no extra pay
49. Replacing the toilet roll on the holder
50. Bargain Hunt