The average Brit spends five years of their life feeling BORED

11 September 2018        

Category: BHF Shops

A survey of 2,000 adults found we succumb to boredom twice a day on average - for a total of two hours EVERY day.

A group of four people looking bored at work

Doing the washing-up, de-mossing the patio and buying socks were identified as some of the dullest things in the UK.

Other mundane aspects of day-to-day life include taking the bins out, the photos of food uploaded to social media and cricket.

Our survey, which we hope will encourage people to make the most of their free time by volunteering, found almost half of those polled think life is boring.

On average, those polled have around four hours of free time a day – but 34 per cent admitted they tend to ‘waste it’ by doing absolutely nothing or filling the time with tedious tasks.

Formula One, company meetings and building flat pack furniture also leave Brits pining for excitement. 

Cleaning the windows, the daily commute and tap water bore the pants of us too - as do being kept on hold, getting a haircut and queuing in the post office.

Linda Fenn, head of volunteering at the British Heart Foundation, said: “No one likes to be bored, so we’re encouraging the public to put those ‘empty’ hours to good use and join our volunteering team. 

“Volunteering is not only a great way to increase wellbeing and self-esteem but also meet new people and learn new skills. 

“Each year the British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research into all heart and circulatory diseases but we couldn’t do it without the amazing support of our volunteer network. 

“Every penny generated by volunteers helps to fund our vital research into heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes.”

On a typical day, peak tedium occurs at 1.10pm – with this time officially the dullest point of the day, according those polled.

Although 23 per cent said they are most likely to be bored at work, a third revealed they are most likely to be bored when at home.

A quarter said life is more dull now than it was when they were a child - and 53 per cent revealed they fear life is passing them by.

Carried out through OnePoll.com, the survey found six in 10 wish they used their free time in a more fulfilling way. 

And 47 per cent admitted they often feel they have wasted their weekends - having done nothing noteworthy.

Around half said volunteering is or would be a rewarding use of their free time.

Three quarters of the population have volunteered at some point – and of those who have 75 per cent agreed it was time well spent.

Linda Fenn added: “Whatever time you can give as a volunteer to the BHF, will make a difference.

“Whether it is an hour or two a week in a shop, some time every month as part of a fundraising group, or cheering or stewarding at a local event once a year. 

“Even a quick post on social media during a lunch break can help spread the word! “Every hour given will help us to achieve our ultimate goal to beat heart break forever.”

Find out more about volunteering