Couples argue 312 times a year

Date: 2012-07-29

UPDATED: 21:19 GMT, 18 January 2011 

     There are the really big issues that divide couples ... and then there are the very, very small ones.

And the latter don’t half add up. Minor irritations such as leaving wet towels on the bed, flicking between TV channels and hoarding bits and bobs cause most of the 312 arguments that the average couple has each year, researchers say.

Those little annoying habits can become such a big problem that one in five Britons have even considered them a reason to split up – with a Thursday evening the most likely time for a row to develop. 

According to the researchers, women tend to become more frustrated with their partner’s habits than men. 

The most common complaints include loo roll not being replaced, lights that aren’t switched off, channel hopping and the lavatory seat being left up. But men aren’t immune to getting irritated either.

They grit their teeth when their partner takes too long to get ready, clogs up the plughole with hair or nags them about chores.

The statistics emerged in a study of 3,000 adults by

Spokesman Nick Elson said: 'All couples argue but to see how much time they argue over simply things like household chores was a bit of an eye opener.

'It seems a lot of time to be wasting bickering however annoying habits can get.'

The study found the kitchen is also a common battleground for arguments about cleanliness.

Although men were more relaxed in general they are more likely to consider ending a relationship over things like taking too long to get ready and nagging them about chores.

Other habits that partners listed as annoying included leaving dirty cups around the house, hoarding stuff, flicking TV channels and leaving tissues all over the house.

Eight out of ten people said they often found themselves cleaning up after their other half rather than continue to nag them.

One in four credit their nagging with changing their partner's behaviour.

A fifth of Brits have even considered splitting up with their partner over their annoying habits.

Welsh couples were revealed as the most argumentative, while Scots were revealed to be quite laid back and the least likely to argue or get annoyed with one another.

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