The 50 biggest "headaches" of today

The stress and tension of modern living takes its toll.

Slow  Wi-Fi,   PPI  calls   and  a  laptop   or  computer  freezing   have  been  named  as part of a consumer survey as  the  top  three  biggest "headaches" of modern  life,  it emerged.1

Researchers polled   2,000 UK adults on  aspects  of  21st century   living that  regularly   leave  them  feeling stressed  and found  that  an endless  barrage of  junk  mail,  being  kept  on hold  for  appointments and  public transport  delays make up the top ten biggest causes of headaches in our modern  lives.

The study, conducted by Nurofen, highlights that stress can sometimes take a physical toll too - with just under a third of those surveyed becoming ill as a result of a bout of unease or sustained period of tension.

In fact, the problem is bigger than it first appears, with one in five, of those surveyed experiencing stress-related tension every single day. Regular headaches, constant fatigue and an inability to sleep were reported as some of the most common side effects of stress. One in five have even come close to quitting their job.

Despite  technology  being  designed  to make our  lives easier,  55 per cent  of those surveyed feel that  life  is more stressful  now than  it was ten years ago.1 It seems the things that  are supposed  to be solutions, or speed  our  life  up, can  prove an inconvenience and a great  source  of frustration. It's interesting to note that the biggest factors in the rise of our stress levels include increased living costs, heightened pressure at work and pressures from society.

Often these annoyances are out of our hands but the signs of stress and tension they can cause in us can build and sometimes have an impact on our health.  It's important to try and manage our stress levels and be aware of the sources of our stress/tension level.

More  unusual  irritations which  made  the  top  20  biggest  annoyances  included pot  holes, misbehaving kids and people taking up two parking spaces.

Some other interesting irritations made the top 50, such as failing to find the start of sellotape and drivers hogging the middle lane. Commuters cited people who start boarding the train before everyone has disembarked as a real ‘headache’, with Facebookers claiming mothers constantly uploading pictures of their children as a significant source of irritation.

However, the real source of tension-type headaches is not what you may think it is, it is actually the muscles in the head and neck when they get strained. For more information on the real source of headaches, click here.

For the full list of the top 50 biggest headaches of today, see below.



1. Your laptop/computer freezing

2. PPI calls

3. Slow Wi-Fi

4. Being stuck in traffic

5. People who take up two parking spaces

6. Public transport delays

7. Junk mail

8. Waiting on the phone for the doctors

9. When people chuck their rubbish out of the car window

10. People who don't use their indicators

11. Pot holes

12. Stepping in dog muck

13. When you hold the door open for someone and they don't say thank you

14. The rising cost of living

15. When people let their children misbehave in restaurants

16. Rude sales assistants

17. Screaming kids

18. Buying property

19. When people hold a conversation in a door way

20. People cancelling on you

21. Noisy neighbours

22. Reality TV shows

23. Road works

24. Middle lane hoggers

25. Your delivery gets lost in the post

26. Computer jargon

27. Forgetting your password

28. Council tax

29. People talking overly loud on public transport

30. People who cycle on pavements

31. Finding the start of the sellotape

32. When people start boarding the train before everyone has gotten off

33. Slow walkers

34. People talking in the cinema

35. Train fares

36. Ordering something online and it is damaged

37. Queuing for the self-service checkout

38. People chewing gum with their mouth open

39. Being charged for extra luggage at the airport

40. Mums on Facebook who constantly upload pictures of their kid

41. Getting stuck behind a tractor

42. Cyclists on the road

43. Paying your bills

44. Speed cameras

45. Motorcyclists weaving in and out of the traffic

46. Not having enough change for the car park

47. Twitter trolls

48. Your partner snoring

49. Loud music

50. People asking questions when your programme is on


1. One Poll survey of 2,000 U K adults. September 2014.

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