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How Much Time We Waste on Everyday Chores in Our Lifetime

Everything — from updating social media to looking for a parking spot — takes up some of our precious time. But almost no one knows exactly how much time these little things take up in our lives. And it can be pretty surprising, if not shocking, to see how much time people waste on different activities without even realizing it.

We at Bright Side did some research and want to show you some curious numbers that may make you want to change your priorities. Don’t forget to peek at the bonus section — it may help you avoid the scariest experience of your life (or at least make it rarer).

10. Trying to fall asleep

Experts calculated that people spend a whole 7 years lying in their beds at night, counting sheep. Some specialists recommend getting out of bed if you can’t slip into the Land of Nod within 20 minutes. Endless tossing and turning can only add to your anxiety. It’s better to drink a cup of warm tea, read a book, listen to relaxing music, and return to bed when you feel sleepy again.

9. Searching for a parking spot

We all enjoy the benefits of having a car until it comes time to find a parking spot. And this activity takes 248 days out of our lives! For some of us, this number can become a good reason to look at public transportation in a new light.

8. Shopping

An average woman spends about 8.5 years of her life shopping. It looks like all men know this little secret and prefer to keep busy with something more meaningful — why else would they hate this activity so much?

7. Dieting

For many of us, weight loss is a battle that has no end. And this can be especially true for women. According to research carried out by the Diet Chef, women spend about 17 years of their lives on diets.

6. Getting ready

“Aren’t you ready yet?” is the question almost all women have to hear on a daily basis. And studies confirm that men get ready much faster in comparison to women. An average woman spends about 136 days of her life getting ready (and this number doesn’t include 287 more days of trying to pick out the right outfit) while a man needs only 46 days to prepare himself to go out.

5. Exercising

Although you may feel like the time you spend in a gym practically equals an eternity, reality tells a different story. We exercise only 1 year and 4 months of our lives.

4. Screen time

On the contrary, it may feel that the time you spend looking into your phone, TV, or any other gadget flies within a blink of an eye, but this is also wrong. The average Joe spends about 11 years of their life staring at a screen. Now look again at how much we exercise — maybe that’s why we need to spend about 17 years on dieting!

3. Sitting down

If you find out that these days, people sit for about 21 years of their lives, you’ll understand why things like heart attacks or strokes are happening in younger people. If you’re an office worker, don’t forget to take breaks to stretch your legs.

2. Sitting on the toilet

It’s said that we sit on toilets about 92 days of our lives. This point may sound a bit weird but it’s kind of unavoidable. But let us remind you that some people tend to spend more time there than they actually need. They read books and newspapers, play games, chat, and even do work there, and such behavior can lead to certain health problems.

1. Waiting in line

We lose about 235 days of our lives patiently (or impatiently) while waiting in lines. Now that you know this, you may want to spend this time on a more interesting activity. For example, you may want to read a book while waiting in line or write an important message to your friends or partner.

Bonus: Brushing your teeth

It can be pretty scary to go to the dentist, even if we know that technology has changed so much we almost feel nothing while sitting in the chair. Here’s some information that can help you avoid teeth problems.

Experts recommend brushing our teeth twice a day for no less than 2 minutes. It takes about 79 days over a lifetime. But according to this data, an average person spends only 19 days on this activity. Improper brushing may lead to problems such as decay and cavities, gum disease, and bad breath, so try not to ignore this information.

What activities take up the biggest part of your life? What would you like to change?