Wednesday 28 September 2016

We spend a YEAR of our lives waiting for videos to load, tardy friends, train delays, new research reveals

Published 19/07/2016 | 10:26

On average, we wait 10 minutes in a queue at the post office, 22 minutes waiting for a meal, and 12 minutes for a train
On average, we wait 10 minutes in a queue at the post office, 22 minutes waiting for a meal, and 12 minutes for a train

More than a year of our lives is spent waiting for things to arrive, according to a new study.

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The average person spends 146 hours each year waiting for friends who have run late, delayed trains and tardy deliveries.

Daily, we miss out on a valuable 24 minutes waiting on other people. While it may not seem significant, throughout a lifetime this it racks up to 389 full days.

The research found that the time spent waiting for webpages and videos to load are the wasted minutes that frustrate us the most but we’re happy out just so long as we don’t have to wait more than five minutes for a pint.

The average person spends 146 hours each year waiting for friends who have run late.
The average person spends 146 hours each year waiting for friends who have run late.

On average, we wait 10 minutes in a queue at the post office, 22 minutes waiting for a meal, and 12 minutes for a train.

Phoning up the doctor’s office can knock ten minutes off your life as you can expect to be on hold for 600 seconds.

A spokesman for National Express said: “The results provide an interesting look at how often we are required to wait in life across many different areas.

He said: “Everyone can relate to the frustration of waiting - we’ve all been driven up the wall by the friend who is always late or by being queue-jumped waiting for a drink at a bar.

“The statistics suggest our patience levels are falling overall but at the same time we live in a fast-moving world where we expect things quicker and quicker.”

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