List of life's most boring things includes no WiFi – and Prince Harry and Meghan

Having no WiFi was named the most tedious thing on the top 40 list – but Brits also hate hearing about Harry and Meghan, politics, and coronavirus

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle almost topped the list of the most boring subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle almost topped the list of the most boring subjects

The top 40 most boring things in life include waiting for the kettle to boil, the goings on at Westminster – and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A study of 2,000 adults found having to endure periods without WiFi 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 is waiting for your partner to get ready, having to put the bins out, and rice cakes.

People are also getting fed up of listening to coronavirus press conferences


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It also emerged that four in ten of those polled said their life is currently “quite boring” or “very boring” – but 72 percent 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 spokesman for Jet2holidays 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 says they find themselves with absolutely nothing to do twice a day.

While more than a third (36 percent) 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.

But people are planning at least two getaways this year to combat their boredom


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On the subject of getaways in particular, the study, carried out by OnePoll, also determined what consumers want from a break.

These include a wide selection of bars and restaurants, lots of history, great architecture, and a selection of museums.

And the top activities to do while away include going on boat trips, laying on the beach, visiting theme parks, and going to waterparks.

The spokesman for Jet2holidays added: “Staring at the same walls day after day soon becomes tiresome, and over the last couple of years we have likely done this more than ever.

“2022 is definitely the year we get back to normal and enjoy doing all those things we have missed most, such as going on holiday.

“A holiday is the perfect boredom breaker, as it allows us to not only escape from the fatigue of everyday life, but also means we can explore different parts of the world in search of an adventure – and what could be more thrilling than that.”


  1. Having no WiFi
  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. Queuing
  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 around 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

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