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Britain revealed as a nation of complications
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Britain is a complicated place to live according to new research released today which shows over half the population believe their lives are too complicated. And it’s money, work-life balance and family issues that are causing all that complication.
Car insurance specialist Admiral MultiCar found that 52% of people think their lives are too complicated. More women than men believe this, with 57% of them claiming their lives are too complicated compared with 45% of men. Our lives would appear to become less complicated as we get older as 70% of 16 – 24 year olds say their lives are too complicated compared with just 37% of the over 55s.
Regionally those living in the North East find life most complicated, with just over three out of five people living there claiming this. Next are the Welsh on 58% and Londoners on 57%. Interestingly across the Pennines from the North East in the North West, only 45% claim their lives are complicated, the lowest of any region.
What causes all this complication? Over a third of respondents (36%) say managing money, a quarter (25%) say managing work/life balance and just under a quarter (24%) say family life, are the biggest contributors.
Dave Halliday, Admiral acting managing director, said, “It appears that people are struggling to cope with the challenges modern life throws at them and are finding it all too complicated. Unsurprisingly, managing money is at the top of the list as with a seemingly endless list of outgoings, it can be tricky to keep on top of everything, particularly when trying to balance work and family life at the same time.”
So how would people like to simplify their lives? Well, a third of people (33%) say their life would be less complicated if they earned more money, while around one in seven (14%) say retiring would be the best option, with a similar amount (12%) saying upping sticks and jetting away on a long holiday would really help. Other responses were, agreeing with everything their partner said (5%) or even getting a divorce (2%).
Over a fifth of people (22%) admitted they are to blame for their own complications, while a fifth (20%) blame the Government, and a similar number (17%) their partner.
A quarter of people (25%) cope with their complicated lives by simply sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring their phone. 9% avoid chores and worryingly 5% ignore statements and financial demands. However, over 40% don’t actually employ any strategies at all to make their life less complicated.
Admiral MultiCar has teamed up with comedian and presenter Sue Perkins to create some light-hearted video guides on how to make life less complicated. In the videos Sue shows how to get the kids ready for school in record time, how to keep on top of your household finances, how to speak the language of teenager and how to make sure you buy the perfect present for your partner. You can see the videos by visiting www.admiral.com/alifelesscomplicated