Bad manners ‘the biggest annoyance’
Monday 7th October 2013, 12:11AM BST.
Bad manners top a poll of people’s biggest frustrations, followed by gadgets not working properly, travel hold-ups and a bad night’s sleep.
The survey, carried out for the charity Arthritis Research UK, found 84% of people hate bad manners, 78% get annoyed by gadgets and 75% are frustrated by travel problems.
While 73% dislike not sleeping, the same number get grumpy when ill and 69% are upset by arguing with a partner or friend.
Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said: “It’s unsurprising that the survey showed bad manners are the biggest annoyance for Britons, but interestingly many people’s frustrations relate to not being able to do things, such as operating gadgets, sleeping properly or not being able to get into their home.
“For most people these are annoying but temporary frustrations, yet these are things that people with arthritis have to struggle with every day.
“The day-to-day impact that arthritis can have on people’s lives, and the frustration and anger that this can cause, is often underestimated.”
The poll, of more than 2,000 people, also questioned what people would find hard if they suffered from joint pain like those with arthritis.
Almost three quarters said they would be annoyed if they had difficulty walking (73%), 72% getting dressed and 70% doing basic household tasks like cooking, cleaning or washing dishes.
Two thirds (67%) would be annoyed if they could not open containers and more people would be frustrated if they had difficulty making a cup of tea (62%) than having sex (55%).
Prof Silman said: “One in six people in the UK are living with the daily, invisible pain of arthritis. This National Arthritis Week, which starts today, we are asking people to make a joint effort pledge to find out more about what it feels like to have arthritis, and learn what they can do to help a loved one who is affected.”
Izzy Falcon, 24, from London, said: “Living with arthritis has changed many aspects of my life.
“I find it hard to have a bath because the stiffness and lack of mobility in my knees and hands make it hard to shower, wash up or cook.
“Even the simplest of things like opening bottles and holding the kettle can be really difficult.”