We recently commissioned a survey which revealed that half of Brits hit the snooze button on their alarm at least once before they get out of bed every morning.
Rather than waking up and embracing the day ahead, we prefer to stay in bed dozing for as long as possible – and that is reflective of a widespread laziness across the country.
Youngsters are the worst offenders, as three quarters (74%) of 18-24 year olds admit to hitting snooze at least once a day and 16.44% admitting to pressing the snooze button at least four times before finally emerging from their bed.
The survey of 2,000 people revealed that lethargy is plaguing the nation, particularly in the aftermath of Christmas, when we sleep in and overindulge regularly. Readjusting the biological alarm and leaping out of bed on time is too much to ask for many, and the laziness does not stop at snoozing.
The survey also found that a surprisingly large number of people also lack basic practical skills. Over half of the people polled (50.30%) admitted they can’t change a tyre with a puncture and 67% confessed they can’t speak a foreign language, leading Powwownow to question whether the UK has become a nation of ‘can’t’s’?
Rather than learning new skills that enables one to become completely independent, Brits are quick to say they can’t do something before trying and having someone else to sort out a problem.
The survey found women are the worst offenders for having ‘can’t do’ attitude with 36% stating that they don’t know how to unblock a toilet, compared to only 23% of men. 71% of women interviewed cannot change a tyre, whereas just 28% of men said they couldn’t. Also, 7% more women also said they could not live without their mobile phone for one month.
On the other hand, it is men who rely more heavily on alcohol to get them through the day. 21% said they couldn’t go for a month without it. Men are also the worst offenders of serial snoozing with almost 5% admitting to pressing the button five times or more each morning.
18-24 year olds are the age group with the most negative outlook in general, with 21% saying they couldn’t last a month without alcohol; similarly, 55% of 18-24 year olds said they couldn’t live without their mobile phones.
Rob Gorby, Marketing Director, says, “There is a lot of negativity in the UK today that holds people back in their personal and professional lives. People have a tendency to believe that they are unable to do something and therefore refuse to try.
“This negativity can impact people in their day-to-day lives, prevent them from learning new skills or hinder their achievements.
“We are a nation that likes to put things off when possible and often choose the ‘easy way out’. Waking up with a positive attitude and energy is something the nation needs to work on because we can do anything we put our minds to”.