Young people leading busier lives than over 40s

30th Nov 16 | Lifestyle

New research has found the younger generation has jam-packed schedules.

Young people leading busier lives than over 40s

Younger people are working longer hours and leading more hectic lives than their elders, a new survey has found.

In a study commissioned to mark the launch of the new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, researchers asked 3,000 Brits how they spend their time.

The report found that those under 40 spend almost four hours a week longer at work than they are contracted for, with their elders only staying an extra two hours and 42 minutes in the office.

As well as putting in more hard graft, those under 40 spend more time on social media and keeping fit, with 92 per cent finding the time to exercise each week compared to only 70 per cent of those aged 40 to 64.

Dr Becky Spelman, the social psychologist who led the research said, "The 'Always-On Generation' of under 40s are working longer hours, have their diaries packed with social activities and are glued to multiple screen devices to stay constantly connected to the world via social media."

Younger people's ability to spend more time updating social media, which they do more than twice as often as their older peers, may be due to their ability to use mobile devices while performing other tasks.

Nine out of 10 Brits under 40 told researchers they used mobile devices while watching TV, but only 25 per cent of those over 65 admitted to doing so.

Dr Spelman, added, "Interestingly as we become a generation of people who find it hard to switch off, our brains are adjusting and making us even better multi-taskers. Our ability to juggle, manage and process information is growing at a substantial rate."

The survey also found that on average over the course of their lives, British people spend three years and 10 days on social media, 13 years and three months working, as well as one year and three months exercising.

In order to wind down, Brits spend one year of their lives in the pub, with the English the biggest drinkers in the U.K.

According to the survey, over the course of their lives the average English person will spend 368 days in the pub, with the Northern Irish the second biggest drinkers, with 299 days.

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