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A Third Of People In Relationships Say Their Partner Is The 'Most Annoying Person' They Know

·2-min read
Photo credit: jacoblund - Getty Images
Photo credit: jacoblund - Getty Images

No, it's not just you: one third of people in a relationship consider their other half to be the "most annoying person they know" because of their infuriating habits, new research has found.

The average loved-up Brit spends up to a fifth of their day feeling frustrated with their significant other because of snoring, passing wind, loudness, messiness and rudeness – equivalent to almost five hours of pure unbridled irritation.

Other vexing traits include "talking through TV shows", "bad with money", "using their phone mid-conversation", "leaving clothes on the bedroom floor", "leaving crumbs on the kitchen side", and that all-time classic, "never listens". (continued below)

Respondents said their partners have an average of five annoying habits – and estimate they have the same amount. Of those polled, 37 per cent believed they annoy each other equally, though more than a quarter of men believe they irritate their other half more.

When it comes to calling out their spouse's gripes, more than a third highlight annoying behaviour every time, with 52 per cent picking their moment more carefully. A quarter of those polled say their partner plays it down, while one in five say they're ignored. Oops.

The research was commissioned by LG Electronics, who polled 2,000 people about the many, many issues that get on our wick – mostly to ascertain whether any tech devices could help alleviate these woes and lessen the friction.

"It's no surprise to see some of the most common annoying partner habits that Brits have voted on," said Marina Clowes of LG Electronics. "It is interesting to see how many of these can be solved if you have the right smart technology products at home, like TVs with algorithms that learn your preferred viewing genre, noise-cancelling earbuds, and even steam closets to revive your 'floordrobe' items'."

Whether you agree, well, that's down to you. Personally speaking, it's going to take more than a smart washing machine and a voice-activated TV to lessen the impact of my most ire-inducing habits, but all's not lost. Of those surveyed, 41 per cent said they wouldn't change their partner's annoying habits, because it's what makes them 'them'. How sweet.

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