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Survey says these are 40 most boring things in life

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By Rob Knight, 72Point

The 40 most boring things in life include having no Wi-Fi, social media pics of people's food and flatpack furniture.

A study of 2,000 UK adults found having to endure periods without Wi-Fi is considered the most tedious thing among those polled.

Coronavirus press conferences and video adverts you cannot skip also made the top five, along with waiting for websites to load and politics.

Those who take photos of their food and share the images on social media, company meetings, and Coldplay are also considered dull.

As are waiting for your partner to get ready, having to put the trash out, and rice cakes.

It also emerged that four in 10 of those polled said their life is currently ‘quite boring’ or ‘very boring’ - but 72 percent intend to make a concerted effort to have ‘more fun’ this year.


The research, commissioned by Jet2holidays, found half of adults intend to liven things up by going on vacation - and they're planning an average of two getaways.

A spokesperson for Jet2holidays said: "There are plenty of aspects of our lives which we find mind-numbing and boring and the last two years have certainly not helped.

“But we hope the findings will inspire people to go out and up their fun quotas - there is a whole world of fun out there just waiting to be explored.”

The study found the typical adult spends 85 minutes a day feeling bored - the equivalent of 22 days each year.

And the average adult finds themselves with absolutely nothing to do twice a day.

While more than a third (36 percent) admitted it’s been so long since they had fun that they can ‘hardly remember’ what having fun is.

The research also identified the biggest 'boredom busters' are holidays, reading, hobbies, meeting friends, and exercise.

On the subject of getaways in particular, the study, carried out by OnePoll, also determined what consumers want from a break.

These include a wide selection of bars and restaurants, lots of history, great architecture, and a selection of museums.

And the top activities to do while away include going on boat trips, laying on the beach, visiting theme parks, and going to waterparks.

A spokesperson for Jet2holidays added: “Staring at the same walls day after day soon becomes tiresome and over the last couple of years, we have likely done this more than ever.

“2022 is definitely the year we get back to normal and enjoy doing all those things we have missed most, such as going on holiday.

“A holiday is the perfect boredom breaker as it allows us to not only escape from the fatigue of everyday life, but also means we can explore different parts of the world in search of an adventure and what could be more thrilling than that?”


1. Having no Wi-Fi
2. Hearing about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
3. Politics
4. Coronavirus press conferences
5. Video adverts you can’t skip before a video you actually do want to watch
6. People taking photos of their food
7. Accepting ‘Cookies’
8. Watching golf
9. Cricket
10. Junk mail
11. Queueing
12. Formula 1
13. Doing the ironing
14. Jacob Rees-Mogg
15. Waiting for the last minute of the washing machine cycle to finish
16. Football
17. Kanye West
18. Snooker
19. Having to go to the depot to collect a missed parcel
20. Cleaning windows
21. Tax forms
22. Darts
23. Company meetings
24. Doing the washing up
25. Waiting for your partner to get ready
26. Rice cakes
27. Trailing round the shops after your partner
28. Adele’s music
29. Hearing about other people’s dreams
30. Coldplay
31. Removing moss from the patio
32. Updating your CV
33. Waiting for the kettle to boil
34. Lawn bowls
35. Quinoa
36. Applying for jobs
37. Taking the trash out
38. Kale
39. Sending meter readings
40. Building flatpack furniture

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