PET HATES Habits most likely to annoy your partner from leaving crumbs in the kitchen to talking over TV shows revealed in study
A THIRD of people in a relationship consider their other half to be the 'most annoying person they know’ because of their irritating habits.
A poll of 2,000 people found they typically spend a fifth of the day feeling annoyed at their partner because of snoring, passing wind, loudness, messiness and rudeness.
Other top gripes include never listening, talking through TV shows and being bad with money.
While leaving crumbs on the kitchen side, using their phone mid-conversation and leaving clothes on the bedroom floor were other top annoying traits.
But 41 per cent secretly love their partner’s irritating habits – and wouldn't have them any other way.
LG Electronics commissioned the research as part of a campaign to show how smart technology can lessen the friction between couples at home.
Marina Clowes, from LG Electronics, said: “It’s no surprise to see some of the most common annoying partner habits that Brits have voted on, I’m sure we can all relate to some of these.
“It is interesting to see how many of these can be solved if you have the right smart technology products at home though, like TVs with algorithms that learn your preferred viewing genre, noise-cancelling earbuds, and even steam closets to revive your ‘floordrobe’ items.
“We recognise the importance of the benefits tech products bring to families and life at home.
"We are always looking to see how we can add value and make them smarter, so your time becomes more available to do the things you love.”
Respondents also said their partners have an average of five annoying habits – and estimate they have the same amount.
And 37 per cent reckon they annoy each other equally, though more than a quarter of men reckon they irritate their spouse more.
But it’s the minor niggles that 68 per cent end up getting wound up by.
Although while more than a third will call out annoying behaviour every time, 52 per cent pick their moment more carefully.
And when they do so, the reaction from their partner is to laugh about it and play it down according to a quarter, while one in five say they’re completely ignored and only 15 per cent apologise.
Nearly half admit to finding their other half more irritating since the pandemic began due to spending more time together in close proximity, with a third believing their relationship is under more pressure than ever.
While 45 per cent also confessed to getting jealous of other couples and the relationship they have with each other, according to the study via OnePoll.
Nearly six in 10 also admitted they bicker with their partner about what to watch on the TV.
And when asked who usually wins in an argument, four out of 10 said ‘nobody’.
However, positives to come out of the lockdowns included spending more time together generally, sharing more responsibility when it comes to chores and taking up new activities together.
LG Electronics has teamed up with Emma Bunton and her husband Jade Jones to show how smart technology can help lessen the friction between couples at home.
The Spice Girl has taken to Instagram to show a peek into her family life.
Emma Bunton said: “Over the past 18 months we have all spent a lot more time at home.
“From entertaining the kids to making work commitments easier to do from home, when your technology has you covered it gives you quality time with your family and space for you to live your best life."
TOP 40 MOST ANNOYING THINGS PARTNERS DO
2. Doesn’t listen to what you’re saying
3. Passes wind
4. Makes a mess when cooking
5. Leaves crumbs on the kitchen side
6. Uses their phone when you are trying to have a conversation with them
7. Leaves clothes on the bedroom floor
8. Never cleans the bathroom
9. Talks through TV shows and films
10. Tries to boss you around
11. Nags you to do things that aren’t urgent
12. Makes plans without telling you
13. They are bad with money
14. They’re very loud when they need to be quiet
15. Watches videos on their phone really loudly
16. Leaves hair everywhere after shaving
17. Never does the clothes washing
18. Leaves the toilet seat up
19. Burps loudly
20. Don’t make an effort
21. Uses their phone at the table
22. Wears the same clothes even though they need a wash
23. Never does the washing up
24. Leaves the TV on standby
25. Doesn't wrap open food in fridge
26. Doesn't put things in the dishwasher
27. Doesn't hang up a wet towel
28. Leaves the tap running when brushing their teeth
29. Changes the channel when you are in the middle of watching something
30. Sleeps in all the time
31. Never asks how your day has been
32. They’re a bad driver
33. Chews with their mouth open
34. Forgets important milestones
35. Watches football all the time
36. Picks their nose
37. Doesn’t have high standards with personal hygiene
38. Plays video games all day
39. Never makes a cup of tea
40. Taps their fingers on any surface available
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