The most irritating things in the modern world

9 July 2013

Bitterwallet - mobile phone company sells customer contract data to cold calling third parties Some researchers have compiled a top 50 list of the things which bother us bloated, spoiled Westerners in our daily lives. We don't have to worry about famine or war because we have to sit on buses and walk behind slow people.

So what's the most annoying things?

Apparently, everything to do with sales gets our collective dander up, with pressure selling getting 65% of the vote from people polled. Spam emails and pushy salespeople were at numbers two and three.

Stacey Stothard of Skipton Building Society, who conducted the study said: "Us Brits have a bit of a reputation when it comes to grumbles. But it's really disheartening that by far the biggest bugbear for Brits today is the feeling of being under pressure to buy something."

''There's something to be said for the good old-fashioned values of listening to people and treating them as individuals - and not being pounced on for the purpose of fulfilling sales targets and ultimately satisfying corporate shareholders.''

Are companies conducting lazy research on the list of modern annoyances too?

Other things that made the list included having to stand on the train when you've paid a lot for a ticket, leaving a tissue in the washing and forgetting to put the bins out. Feel free to put your own in the comments.

Here's the top ten:

1. Pressure selling

2. Spam emails

3. Pushy salespeople

4. Foreign call centres

5. Being put on hold

6. Dog mess on the pavement

7. Pot holes in the road

8. PPI texts

9. Drivers who take up two spaces

10. Getting stuck behind really slow drivers

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   Complaints


  • Mr B.
    "Feel free to put your own in the comments." This is going to be a free-for all. Chubebaccy.
  • Mike O.
    All those hates in the article can basically be summed up with my #1 hate; Other people.
  • jim
    i hate lists that list hates
  • jiggle
    Are ppi texts really that irritating? They ruin someone's day? Agree with Mike Oxsore, people are shit.
  • Quietus
    It should be clarified that when you say 'foreign call centres', we don't care where call centres are based, only that they speak English clearly.
  • Mof
    People writing yer instead of yeah fucking cunts
  • Captain W.
    Or how about those organisations, such as Skipton and Bank of Ireland, reneging on promises to keep their SVR mortgage trackers no more than X% above base rate, Stacey Stothard of Skipton building society?

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