When Everyday Statistics Get Depressing

I recently read in an Ocado magazine (I'm well aware I need a hobby) that we spend four days every year in supermarkets. I'm rather partial to Ocado since pleasantly discovering they deliver food in colour-coordinated bags (I'm working on getting a hobby, I promise), but this is a pointless statistic.

The time we spend doing anything will accrete to a scary-sounding amount of time over the space of a year. So, for the first time since school I've applied my Maths GCSE to real life. Here are some other useless daily activities and how much time they take up every year:

  1. Refreshing my Twitter feed: 36 minutes

  2. Getting my tea bag out of the mug with my fingers, stubbornly insisting it’ll be quicker than finding a spoon: 15 hours

  3. Deciding between a dash or a comma: 1 hour, 36 minutes

  4. Trying to figure out why people use semicolons: 2 hours

  5. Putting things in my ASOS basket before remembering I have no money: 40 hours

  6. Watching YouTube videos of unlikely animal friendships consisting of two different species: 30 hours

  7. Feeling like I've got something in my eye and trying to locate it: 10 hours, 30 minutes

  8. Rubbing hand cream into my hands: 15 hours, 30 minutes

  9. Looking up the definition of 'veritable' because I just don't understand it: 2 hours

  10. Coming up with names for my future, veritable pet dogs: 4 hours 


  1. Oh my Goodness, numbers three and five are the bane of my life!

    1. Haha! Glad I'm not alone! Well now you know how long it adds up to over a year!