WASHINGTON — In an age of instant gratification, the victim appears to be our patience. A new survey from the group, Interparcel in the United Kingdom, found that people are becoming more impatient in the…
WASHINGTON — In an age of instant gratification, the victim appears to be our patience.
A new survey from the group, Interparcel in the United Kingdom, found that people are becoming more impatient in the last five years. One-third of the study’s participants said they have no patience at all, Stylist.co.uk reports.
The survey determined Brits’ threshold for patience in different situations.
On average, people will wait 10 seconds for a web page to load, 16 seconds for a video to buffer and five minutes to get served in a bar. Also, the survey found people are losing their cool after 13 minutes in traffic or waiting for a bus.
Of the 2,000 Brits polled in the survey, three quarters of them said they believe the Internet has made us more demanding. Also, more than half say their free time is more scarce, so they are pickier than ever about how it is spent.
Below are results of the survey with the average time that our patience lasts:
Waiting for a web page or link to load – 10 seconds
Waiting for a video to buffer – 16 seconds
Waiting for a drink at a bar – 5 minutes
Phoning a utility or large company – 8 minutes
Queuing for train tickets – 9 minutes
Being kept on hold for doctors – 9 minutes
Queuing to post a letter- 10 minutes
Putting up with a screaming child in a restaurant – 10 minutes
Delayed train – 13 minutes
Sitting still in traffic – 13 minutes
Waiting for a bus – 13 minutes
Buying music tickets online – 17 minutes
Date running late – 17 minutes
Friend saying they’ll call you right back – 18 minutes