TALK FOR 268 DAYS ON OUR MOBILE PHONES
will spend almost 1 year of their working lives talking on their
mobile phone, according to CPP, a leading life assistance
organisation. In that period, on average, we will make a
staggering 95,244 calls, that is the equivalent of 6,433 hours on the
blower. This means, the typical mobile phone user chats for
268 days or just over 9 months of their working life. But not
surprisingly, women will talk on their mobile for 2 months of their
lives longer than men, according to the poll of 3,000 UK mobile
users. For some, the
mammoth total will be even higher as we are so keen to chat on our
mobiles – the average longest call lasts 42 minutes, with our
partner being the person we natter to the longest.
However, despite a typical mobile user having more than 30 contacts
stored in their phone, they will only speak to 8 of them on a
regular basis. And 64% of folk even admit to making up excuses
to getting some callers off the line. Over 16% say there is
someone at the door and another 13% fake a low battery. And
it’s our own mothers who we are most likely to lie to, 20% of Liverpuddlians agreed mums are the trickiest to get off the phone.
Yet a fussy 64% have even completely ignored a phone call altogether
as they didn’t want to talk to the caller.
But on the other hand, there are some folk who are so desperate to
answer their phone they will do it anywhere. Over 20% of
Liverpuddlians admitted to answering their mobile while they are on
the toilet and 33% will take a call while in bed. A fruity 4% have
even answered the phone while ….making love! So it is unsurprising
almost 66% of Liverpuddlians think they would be totally lost
without their phone. But over 25% have already had to face
being without their phone due to either losing it or having it
stolen. Yet a careless 55% have broken their mobile, with the
most popular phone failure caused by dropping it, followed by
flushing it down the loo.
John Walkley, Head of Mobile Phone Security at CPP Phonesafe said:-
“The survey results prove just how much we like to talk on our
mobile phones as a nation, although it’s astonishing when you look
at the number of calls we make. With the average handset
costing in excess of £250 it’s important you have some form of
cover, but make sure you have insurance that covers you for airtime
abuse, multiple claims and theft, lost and damaged handsets,
otherwise you may find that you have to foot the bill to carry on
Silliest insurance claims reported to CPP:-
1. A bird pooed on my window and the phone fell in a bucket of water
– it’s the birds fault
2. A sheep rammed me in a field and crushed my phone
3. A thief stole it and hide it up his bottom
4. It was stolen by a magpie – I could hear it ringing from a tree
5. My two year old put it in her potty and wee’d on it
6. My rabbit ate it
BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKERS REDISCOVERING THEIR OWN BACKYARD
the slow start to the British summer, the domination of low-cost
airlines and discount packaged foreign holidays, over 30 million
Britons will take at least 1 holiday in the UK this year according
to latest research. 45% admitted that the desire to
explore their own country rather than a foreign land will drive them
to do so.
Kwik-Fit’s findings suggest that holidaying at home has become
increasingly popular for a variety of reasons: 34% said that staying
in the UK was more convenient than travelling abroad, 31% said it
was cheaper and 15% felt it was an easier option with kids.
Reflecting Britain’s growing environmental conscience 9% said that
staying at home helped to minimise their carbon footprint. A sun
seeking 8% were lured by favourable forecasts from weather experts,
while 7% cited fear of terrorism as a reason to avoid travelling
abroad. Research also shows that 76% of holiday-at-home
Britons use their own car to travel, and despite increased pressure
to go green this figure is likely to increase. Indeed motorists that
said they were more likely to use their car to holiday in the UK
today, that is compared with 5 years ago, by a factor of 4 to 1.
This reluctance to give up the taking the car on holiday is perhaps
a reflection that Britain’s public transport network isn’t yet seen
as a convenient or cost effective green alternative to the car.
August is expected to be peak season for motoring holidays in the
UK. In 2006 3.7 million holidaymakers took to the roads, putting an
estimated 60,000 extra cars on the road per day. July and September
both saw 2.9 million holidaymakers setting off while 2.1 million
took a trip in June.
David White, customer services director at Kwik-Fit, commented:-
“It looks like growing numbers of Britons are planning to holiday
in the UK, many of whom appear keen to rediscover the charms that
this country holds.
With the car providing the major mode of
transportation, Britain’s road network is likely to feel the strain
again this summer.
batteries are often cited as the two most common reasons why
motorists find themselves stranded at the roadside, both of which
might well be avoided by a few simple checks before leaving home."
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