Results also revealed that we’re often too busy to take time out to listen to our friends and family. One in ten people admit to wandering off and leaving the caller talking to themselves, and 62 per cent keep watching TV instead of concentrating on the call. Women are still the best multi-taskers with 40 per cent carrying on cooking or reading a magazine, compared to only 20 per cent of men.
Five per cent of people questioned had at one time become so bored with the conversation they fell asleep.
Simon Carter, Head of Post Office® HomePhone commented: ‘‘With this research we were hoping to find out more about the ways in which people use home phone services, so we could improve the service we offer. Instead we seem to have uncovered some peculiar British eccentricities.’’
Respondents aged 55 and over were the most relaxed and attentive with more than half preferring to sit down and give callers their full attention, compared to 39 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds.
People in Northern Ireland have the least time to stop and talk with nearly 70 per cent preparing dinner while chatting. More than half of the Welsh respondents enjoyed a tipple while on the telephone, saying they often chatted with a glass of wine in their hand.
Ever wondered what people do on the other end of the phone?
Respondents also admitted to:
• Pretending to be a take away to avoid talking to somebody
• Having a bath
• Reading a magazine
• Going to the toilet
Simon Carter concluded: “Post Office® HomePhone is committed to offering customers a great deal, regardless of what they choose to do when they’re on the phone. That’s why until the 31st March 2006, new customers signing up to HomePhone will get £50 off their bill – the equivalent to five months free line rental. Act now to avoid missing out!”
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