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Men increasingly self-conscious about image and appearance

Women feel twice as much pressure to look good as men do, a new study has shown. A detailed look into the body confidence of 2,000 men and women also documented a dramatic overall rise in appearance-related anxiety. Results showed two thirds of the women polled felt under too much pressure to look good, citing [...]


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Seven squabbles for couples over Christmas – who cooks tops the list

The average couple will have seven squabbles or arguments over Christmas, according to new research – with working out who to visit on Christmas Day and deciding how much to spend on each other and the kids are the topics most likely to spark a row. Other causes for festive friction are deciding who cooks [...]


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‘Brave face’ Britain – 60% bury serious worries and problems

If someone tells you they’re fine, chances are they are anything but – a new study into the everyday problems and worries of 2,000 people highlighted a tendency to hide feelings of worry or avoid ‘showing weakness’ because of a fear of being judged. Results showed the average person’s approach to dealing with serious stress [...]


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Men give up on the way they look at 46 – women power through to 59

Men give up on the way they look at the age of just 46 – while women keep up appearances for over a decade longer, it has been revealed. Declining health, lack of physical fitness and not being bothered about trends or what’s deemed ‘cool’ were the biggest factors for blokes giving up. But women [...]


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‘Middle age’ now begins at 53

Brits don’t actually hit ‘middle age’ until they turn 53, research has shown. A lifestyle study of 2,000 men and women found attitudes towards hitting the middle of our years are rapidly changing. Rising life expectancy and healthier lifestyles mean the average person now feels it’s not until well into our fifties that we begin [...]


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73% of parents wish for a shorter summer break

Parents would prefer the school holidays to last four weeks instead of six, research has revealed. A study carried out among 2,000 parents found most find the tail end of the summer break a slog after weeks of entertaining the children at home. As many as 73% of those who were polled said they would [...]


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Small talk is dying – because we spend all our time online

Small talk is officially on the way out – as it’s revealed one in five of us haven’t spoken to a stranger in over six months. A study of 2,000 has shown that a surge in online communication has taken over, with one third of people saying the bulk of their communication now takes place [...]


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40% think small talk is ‘pointless’ (and many more comfortable online than in person)

Millions of Brits now prefer to ‘keep themselves to themselves’, and as many as one in five have not spoken to a stranger for over six months, it has emerged. A study into the average person’s social confidence and communication found small talk is fast becoming a thing of the past – as a surge [...]


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One in three businesses struggling to deal with sick days

New research has shown that a third of businesses lack the resources to deal with staff absence, with bosses and employees both taking the strain. In fact, over a quarter of bosses and managers admit they have a real problem coping with staff absence in their workplace. Of those, 27% of bosses admit they have [...]


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60% of bosses don’t believe sick-day excuses

Six in ten bosses don’t believe their employees’ excuses when they call in sick, research has shown. Suspicious managers are convinced their workers are lying to them in over half of the ‘not coming in’ calls they receive – not surprising, when workers admit that they could probably have made it into work on one [...]


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