|http://www.sina.com.cn 2004/04/09 08:56 英语辅导报|
Survey Reveals Britain is a Nation of Gossips
Britain is a nation of gossipmongers, with nearly 90% of British admitting they enjoy a good chinwag with friends and colleagues.
Research commissioned by Quickbrew found 14% people confessed they spent at least two hours a day gossiping. Work was found to be the favourite topic of conversation (20%), closely followed by current affairs (18%) and relationships (17%). Other people's lives appear to be a great source of fascination (17%), while only 3% of them like talking about the weather. Nearly half of them prefer having a gossip face-to-face (48%), rather than on the phone (36%), by email (7%), or via text message (6%). And only 1% said they would put pen to paper to share or find out gossip.
The 1CM poll of 1,004 adults across Britain also found an unsurprising gender divide when it comes to talking about relationships. Nearly a quarter of women (24%) said it was a popular topic, compared with just one in 10 men. Regional differences also emerged, with one in five people in the south east claiming they do not spend any time gossiping. The Welsh also appeared to be rather restrained with 45% saying they only spend between 15 and 30 minutes a day chatting. In contrast, one in five people in the north east said they enjoyed nattering for more than two hours a day.
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