YOUR LIFE: Three years on social, one year in pub, 235 days in a queue

Social media will take up three years of your life as opposed to other uses of your time.

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According to a new study commissioned to launch the new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, the average British adult will spend more than three years updating and browsing social media, one year down the pub and seven months waiting in line over the course of an adult lifetime.

The findings of the new study say 92% of Brits agreeing that it feels as though time seems to speed up as we grow older. That finding, however, is obvious. For a four-year-old, a year is 25% of their life whereas for a septuagenarian, it is only 1/70th of their life. Tempus fugit indeed.

The Samsung Time of our Lives Report surveyed 3,000 UK adults and was overseen by leading statistician Dr Geoff Ellis to give the data a semblance of credibility. Other key findings were:

The average Brit in their lifetime will spend:

* 17 years and 41 days sleeping
* 13 years working, including 1 year and 3 months outside of contracted hours
* 8 years and 110 days watching TV
* 3 years and 2 months on holiday
* 1 year and 7 months commuting

The report, surprisingly, does not mention how often we are likely to have sex, although it is hoped that will last longer than commuting and we DON’T use social media when we do it, although that appears to be on the rise as well. As for queuing, that essential civilising part of UK culture remains high, and long may that continue

Social Psychologist Dr Becky Spellman, who led the research, said: “The report reveals that we are busier today than at any other time in history. 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.”

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Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.


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Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.