A recent survey, commissioned by leading e-cigarette brand Socialites, has found British men and women differ hugely when it comes to the social behaviours they cannot tolerate. A massive 82% of women said that spitting in public was their biggest bugbear, whilst 72% of men said being bumped into by people who are too engrossed in their mobile phones, was something they find most irritating.

 

The survey, which polled 1,000 men and women nationwide, revealed that the top three behaviours voted as being totally unbearable for women are: Spitting in public (82%), being asked when they’re going to start a family (69%) and friends leaving their mobile phones permanently on the table whilst socialising (57%). In contrast, the three social behaviours which men deemed the most inexcusable are: being bumped into on the street by people too busy looking at their phones (72%), being asked how much you earn (64%) and continuous and loud sniffing in public (62%).

 

Survey 

 

Women’s Top Ten List:

  • Spitting in public (82%)
  • Being asked when you’re going to start a family (69%)
  • Phones constantly on the table in restaurants (57%)
  • Licking fingers loudly after eating (35%)
  • Being asked how much you earn (32%)
  • Being bumped into by people who are not looking where they’re walking because they’re looking at their phone (25%)
  • Playing music too loud with headphones (15%)
  • Continuous loud sniffing in the office or on public transport (15%)
  • Chewing chewing gum loudly (12%)
  • Eating strong smelling food in the office (10%)

Men's TopTen List:

  • Being bumped into by people who are not looking where they’re walking because they’re looking at their phone (72%)
  • Continuous loud sniffing in the office or on public transport (64%)
  • Being asked how much you earn (62%)
  • Being asked when you’re going to start a family (53%)
  • Phones constantly on the table in restaurants (52%)
  • Spitting in public (49%)
  • Eating strong smelling food in the office (32%)
  • Playing music too loud with headphones (28%)
  • Dog owners letting their dog off the lead and letting the animal run wild (16%)
  • When a colleague comes into the office despite having a contagious cold / bug (12%)

 

Interestingly, men and women were aligned when it came to selecting certain behaviours they found socially acceptable. Tellingly both the men and women polled agreed that ‘being asked how much your house is worth’ (76% of women, 61% of men), and ‘colleagues talking too loudly on the phone’ (79% of men, 67% of women) were tolerable behaviours. Both sexes also voted (73% of women, 65% of men) the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces as acceptable, citing the reason that “the vapour does not smell or longer unlike traditional tobacco cigarettes” (58%). Both genders also stated that they would rather a friend/colleague/partner ‘vaped’ at the table with them rather than go outside, because “they understand the vapour is harmless”(65% women, 59% men).

 

Head of Retail for Socialites Andrew Paine says, "This survey has shown there is a clear divide between men and women with what habits they find acceptable and unacceptable in a social environment. It great for us to learn that e-cigarettes are being considered, not only an aid to giving up smoking, but a better choice for the public socially because the odourless vapour is not intrusive to others. With STOPTOBER round the corner, there are now more incentives than ever for smokers to quit the dreaded habit”.

  

For more information, please contact the team at PHA Media:
socialites@pha-media.com / 0207 0251 375