A survey of British gossiping habits has found that one in ten of us would choose having a gossiping session over sex with our partners. The research also found that 30% of Brits gossip every day, and 66% admit enjoying the pastime.
Around 13% of Britons said they would rather gossip than get busy in the bedroom with their significant other. Meanwhile, a third of the 2,000 people surveyed said that their friends’ lives are more dramatic than British soaps, so there’s plenty to gossip about.
The research from Paddy Power Bingo found that the favourite topic to dish the dirt on was work, with 40% of those surveyed picking it. While a third of people said celebrity news was their favourite gossip topic.
Around 30% of people most enjoy gossiping about the neighbours. No topic is sacred, with 28% of people preferring to discuss other people’s relationships or marriage over anything else.
Another 11% like to gossip about other people’s financial woes. While 13% like to tittle-tattle about who has won money.
In fact, Brits love chatting about other people so much that 21% would rather gossip with friends and family than watch TV. Perhaps that’s due to the fact that two in ten of us believe our own lives are more dramatic than the soaps we watch.
Of those surveyed 64% said their favourite gossiping partners were friends. Romantic partners were the second favourite person to gossip with, 43%, and 23% preferring to gossip with their work colleagues.
More than a third, 34%, said they experienced a physical craving for gossip. This figure rose to 50% when those in relationships were asked.
Despite a hankering for gossip Brits seem to have a conscience too, with over a quarter believing that gossiping can bring bad luck. Although, 35% of those surveyed said they agree that gossiping is unkind but say it doesn’t stop them and they will do it regardless.
Given the choice of discussing the weather or gossiping, 48% said they’d rather gossip. A Paddy Power Bingo spokesperson said: “Our research shows that Brits really do love to spill the tea, with some even admitting they enjoy it more than sex. So, if you thought the weather was our favourite topic of choice, think again.