Deleting spam emails one by one (33 percent), standing behind someone at a check out who can’t find their purse (20 percent), and updating your software (16 percent) also featured high.

The study, by cybersecurity company Kaspersky, also found that more than half (51 percent) of us will always delay installing software updates on our devices, as we find it too boring to wait for them to run.

In fact, the study found that the average Brit claims to spend a whopping FOUR hours a day doing tedious tasks.

Yet, according to the study the two most soul-destroying tasks we undertake in our day-to-day lives are scrubbing the bath and waiting in a call centre queue, both (44 percent).

Also making the Top 50 list of the most mind-numbing experience for modern Brits were looking at someone’s holiday snaps on their phone (18 percent), waiting for your device to update to a new operating system (22 percent), and listening to someone from customer services read out terms and conditions (32 percent).

And according to the data, even those we love can drive us to distraction, with 15 percent of Brits admitting they find it infuriating when their partner asks them to explain the plot of a show they’ve been watching as they haven’t been paying attention.

While one in 10 (11 percent) of us find explaining how to use tech to an elderly relative incredibly tedious.

Waiting for a delivery to arrive (27 percent), changing the sheets (22 percent), hunting for a phone charger (19 percent), and rewashing dishes by hand after the dishwasher fails to clean them properly (14 percent) also featured on the list.

To help with these headaches, Kaspersky has teamed up with Shona Vertue, leading fitness expert influencer, so create an easy-to-follow Yoga Flow we can all get behind. It’s called Pain In The Neck: because while no one wants a software update, we all know we need them. It’s also designed to protect your posture, specifically your neck from all that laptop use. It will be broadcast on YouTube (LINK) on May 13th at 11am GMT, is designed to take the sting out of the tedium and fix up our soul while we fix up our chores.

Yet on the whole we are sanguine about the amount of tedious tasks we have to do every day, according to the poll.

51 percent agree that life is full of boring things that have to be done and there is no point in complaining, while an optimistic 20 percent claim that by doing tedious tasks, you make the fun ones more exciting.

21 percent of Brits claim there is actually nothing wrong with being bored - and 13 percent even claim to find doing tedious tasks oddly satisfying.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky said, ““Updating software is just one of the many tasks we have to put up with, and we know these can rack up and get us down. But such tasks, like updating, can be very important. Our ‘Pain in the neck’ series helps us make the most of these moments, replenishing our chi while we do our chores.

About Kaspersky

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Cleaning the oven, waiting for your phone to update, listening to someone talking about their dream, and trying to find the start of the sellotape: just some of the most tedious things in the world, according to new research

The nationwide study delved into the most boring and irritating tasks and experiences modern Brits face, with more than two thirds (36 percent) of us admitting that scrubbing the oven is one of the most monotonous things in life.
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