Paying to withdraw cash from an ATM is officially our greatest money inconvenience, it’s been revealed.
That’s followed by late trains and cancelled ones – which can throw an entire day off course (and even get us into trouble at work).
Having to pay to use a toilet and frustrating self-service checkout machines have also been named and shamed in a list of the biggest inconveniences of modern life.
The study by Sky Mobile, which was carried out among 2,000 adults, also revealed paying tax and running out of data as amongst our biggest gripes.
But it’s not just money woes that are keeping us awake at night.
The biggest annoyance across the nation overall is people who don’t listen when we are trying to say something.
It’s followed by queue jumpers and those with poor manners.
Top 10 money gripes
Paying to withdraw cash
Trains being cancelled or late
Having to pay to use a toilet in train stations
Hearing ‘unidentified item in bagging area’ when using a self-service checkout
Running out of mobile data during the month
Paying for mobile data you haven’t used
When it takes ages for an online transaction to come out of your bank account
Smokers being allowed to take multiple breaks a day at work
Being outbid on eBay
Sophia Ahmad at Sky Mobile, said: “So many of these modern-day frustrations stem from a feeling of a lack of control.
“Late buses, distracted people and phones which run out of data just at that inopportune moment, are all things we wish we could get into line and make work for us, but sometimes life isn’t that way."
The study also found one third of the population find splashing a favourite top or pair of jeans with something that could leave a stain to be annoying.
And more than a quarter often find themselves inconvenienced by getting dressed, then realising their outfit is dirty or needs ironing.
It also emerged Brits find themselves held up or inconvenienced more than 15 times a week, and 44% describe themselves as having a ‘short fuse’.
But the majority of Brits recognise a lot of the things they get wound up by are often trivial and ‘not worth getting angry over’.
Top 10 gripes overall
1. People not listening to you
2. People pushing into a queue
3. Someone who doesn’t say please/thank you
4. People thinking rules don’t apply to them
5. Splashing your favourite top/jeans with something
6. People eating loudly/sloppily
8. Drivers who don’t stop at zebra crossings
9. Washing clothes with a tissue in the pocket
10. Paying to withdraw cash
One fifth of respondents have sent a text or made a call they later ended up regretting, after seeing red due to an inconvenience.
Four in 10 have snapped at someone unnecessarily, and 13 per cent have even chucked their phone in frustration.
The study also found being held up or delayed by modern inconveniences mean Brits waste more than two hours a week on things that should take moments.
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