No WiFi tops list of 40 most boring things in life

A study of 2,000 adults found having to endure periods without Wi-Fi is considered the most tedious thing among those polled.

Coronavirus press conferences and video adverts you cannot skip also made the top five – along with waiting for websites to load and politics.

Those who take photos of their food and share the images on social media, company meetings, and Coldplay are also considered dull.

As are waiting for your partner to get ready, having to put the bins out, and rice cakes.

It also emerged that four in 10 of those polled said their life is currently ‘quite boring’ or ‘very boring’ – but 72 per cent intend to make a concerted effort to have ‘more fun’ this year.

The research, commissioned by Jet2holidays, found half of adults intend to liven things up by going on vacation – and they’re planning an average of two getaways.

A spokesperson for the holiday provider said: “There are plenty of aspects of our lives which we find mind-numbing and boring and the last two years have certainly not helped.

“But we hope the findings will inspire people to go out and up their fun quotas – there is a whole world of fun out there just waiting to be explored.”

The study found the typical adult spends 85 minutes a day feeling bored – the equivalent of 22 days each year.

And the average adult finds themselves with absolutely nothing to do twice a day. While more than a third (36 per cent) admitted it’s been so long since they had fun that they can ‘hardly remember’ what having fun is.

The research also identified the biggest ‘boredom busters’ – holidays, reading, hobbies, meeting friends, and exercise.


1.            Having no Wi-Fi

2.            Hearing about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

3.            Politics

4.            Coronavirus press conferences

5.            Video adverts you can’t skip before a video you actually do want to watch

6.            People taking photos of their food

7.            Accepting ‘Cookies’

8.            Watching golf

9.            Cricket

10.          Junk mail

11.          Queueing

12.          Formula 1

13.          Doing the ironing

14.          Jacob Rees-Mogg

15.          Waiting for the last minute of the washing machine cycle to finish

16.          Football

17.          Kanye West

18.          Snooker

19.          Having to go to the depot to collect a missed parcel

20.          Cleaning windows

21.          Tax forms

22.          Darts

23.          Company meetings

24.          Doing the washing up

25.          Waiting for your partner to get ready

26.          Rice cakes

27.          Trailing round the shops after your partner

28.          Adele’s music

29.          Hearing about other people’s dreams

30.          Coldplay

31.          Removing moss from the patio

32.          Updating your CV

33.          Waiting for the kettle to boil

34.          Bowls

35.          Quinoa

36.          Applying for jobs

37.          Taking the bins out

38.          Kale

39.          Sending meter readings

40.          Building flat-pack furniture

Chris Price