If you’ve ever wondered which things people moan about the most (because why wouldn’t you?) I’ve got just the thing for you.
That’s right folks, I’ve managed to get my hands on a list of our most common moans just in time for the new year, when we can attempt to shake them all off and start afresh. Maybe.
And it turns out that prolonged Brexit negotiations and pedestrians who stare at their phones when walking have topped the list of grumbles, surprising probably none of you.
Researchers polled 2,000 people and listed a total of 50 day-to-day things which people complain about the most, including Wi-Fi not connecting, supermarket self-service tills and being overworked. Ah, first world problems.
Never being able to get a doctor’s appointment, endless spam emails and the terrible weather we experience as long-suffering British people also featured highly.
Now, I can fully relate to that first one as I’ve definitely moaned about not being able to get a doctor’s appointment before.
I’ll even attach exhibit a) from the time when it took me 77 attempts to get through to them:
I know, ridiculous. Smaller inconveniences like waking up with bad hair, forgetting to buy milk and someone treading mud into your carpet, also made the list.
So how much do we moan as a nation? Well, the research revealed that Brits admit to moaning three times a day on average about such things as bad customer service, receiving cold calls and queue jumpers.
One in six said they are most likely to whinge in the mornings, with traffic during their commute cited as the top complaint. And one third think they moan less at the weekend. Well, obviously.
Geoffrey Dennis of SPANA said:
Most people in the UK acknowledge that they complain about trivial matters on a regular basis. When we’re used to modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, home deliveries and air conditioning, it can be easy to forget that others have to deal with far greater problems every day.
For people in Britain, everyday problems can seem like the end of the world – and most of us are guilty of complaining about things like bad weather, traffic or people pushing to the front of queues.
The study also found that one in five thinks the stereotype of moaning Brits makes us seem miserable, while a third think it’s entertaining. And despite being a nation of moaners, one fifth tend to block out others who moan about their ‘first world problems’.
Around four in 10 respondents said they whine more now that they are adults, with half confessing they feel better after getting things off their chest. And more than half agree there are far more many moaners today than there used to be.
Despite stereotypes, there seems to be no battle of the sexes when it comes to whinging, as people agree that men and women both moan an equal amount.
So what’re the biggest mood changers? Coming in at the top are tiredness, being hungry (I feel ya sister) and the weather – I’ll agree with all of those, don’t approach me if I’m hangry.
On the bright side, almost half of people polled reckon they could go the whole day without complaining. Which doesn’t really seem like that much but try doing it and you’ll see how difficult it is!
These kinds of inconveniences are so minor compared to the problems faced by many people and animals in the world’s poorest communities.
Working animals in developing countries never complain, but they have every right to. These horses, donkeys and camels endure incredibly hard lives, carrying backbreaking loads in punishing conditions, without the food, water, rest and vital vet care they need.
In developing countries, many working animals have to walk huge distances, pulling heavy loads across difficult terrain, working in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. These animals often have no veterinary treatment available to them when they are sick or injured.
That’s why SPANA’s work is so important – preventing suffering and ensuring these hardworking animals receive the care they so urgently need.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).