GLASWEGIANS SPEND 38 DAYS A YEAR ON THEIR PHONE
SCOTS HAVE JUST 17 DAYS OF FREE TIME EACH YEAR (AND GLASWEGIANS SPEND 38 DAYS A YEAR ON THEIR PHONE & DOUBLE THE TIME SHOPPING THAN THE AVERAGE BRIT)
♣ People from Glasgow spend 38 days a year on their personal phone or computer, 9 days a year on social media, and double the time (4 days) shopping than the average Brit
♣ 45% of people in Glasgow wish they had more time, with 66% saying they’d travel more of Great Britain if they could
♣ The top destinations those in Glasgow want to visit include: Liverpool (71%), Cambridge (42%) and Edinburgh (42%)
♣ Find out how much free time you have each year with the Virgin Trains Free Me Calculator
The average Brit has just 17 days of free time a year, including weekends, according to a new study from Virgin Trains. That’s just over two weeks across the entire year to spend doing the things we really want to do.
45% of Glaswegians wish they had more free time, and actually value free time more highly than money, material possessions and even career success. And it’s no wonder it’s in such short supply, as people in Glasgow spend 38 days a year on their personal phone or computer, 9 days a year on social media, and double the time (4 days) shopping than the average Brit.
Those in Glasgow are an adventurous bunch, and more than half (55%) would go travelling if they had more time, with 66% saying they’d explore more of Great Britain if they could. The top destinations people from Glasgow would visit if they had the chance include Liverpool (71%), Cambridge (42%) and Edinburgh (42%).
Apart from travelling, 39% of Glaswegians would visit friends and family if they had the extra time, 28% would go to the cinema more often, and 29% would catch up on much-needed sleep.The top things Scots thinks they miss out on because they don’t have enough free time, are reading (53%), socialising with friends (37%), weekend and day trips away (36%).
If they’re not doing the things they really want to do, then what is taking up all of Glaswegians’ time?
• Over four months of the year sleeping
• 38 days of the year on their personal phone or computer
• 9 days of the year on social media
• 8 days of the year exercising
• 7 days of the year doing chores or housework
• 4 days a year shopping
With just 17 days to play with, there’s no time to waste. That’s why Virgin Trains has launched Free Me, an inspiring campaign to encourage people to make the most of their free time this Summer, whether that’s visiting a new city, taking up a new hobby, or watching that film you’ve always wanted to watch.
The research revealed the top 10 things Glaswegians would love to do with their free time are:
1. Travelling – 55%
2. Visiting friends and family – 39%
3. Sleeping – 29%
4. Going to the cinema or theatre – 28%
5. Walking – 23%
6. Cooking – 19%
7. Learning a new language – 18%
8.Visiting museums – 17%
9. Gardening – 66%
10. Volunteering at charities – 14%
When looking at the journey itself, over half of Glaswegians (54%) agree it’s relaxing to travel by train, and a third (39%) said it gives them extra time for themselves. Apart from the time physically saved while travelling on a train, people from Glasgow use the journey time to admire the view outside (61%), listen to music (25%) and get lost in a day dream (23%).
Find out exactly how much free time you have this year with the Virgin Trains Free Me Calculator. Just put in your details, see how many days it gives you and then grab the opportunity to make the most of it!
Patrick McCall, Co-Chairman, Virgin Trains, said of the new Free Me campaign; “When we look back at our lives, it’s the time spent with the people we love that we’ll remember and the experiences we’ve had along the way. It won’t be about the stuff we buy or the next stage in our career. Whether you’re on a journey to pursue a dream you’ve always had or you simply want to use the time on your train to unwind and relax. Free Me is about inspiring people to get out there, see more of Great Britain and make the most of those 17 days of precious free time.”
Virgin Trains is running a summer family promotion* on its East Coast route, with 50 per cent off family travel up to September 10. Selected stations include Newcastle, London King’s Cross, Leeds, York and Durham for journeys booked before September 2. More information on this can be found at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/family-promo using the offer code FM50. On the West Coast, Virgin Trains’ family ticket** is super flexible, (outward journeys must be reserved, return journeys anytime within a month) that can be booked for as little as £99 for journeys such as London to Manchester or Liverpool for a family of six (up to two adults and four children). If you want to treat yourself, Virgin Trains also offers a First Class family ticket – for the same London to Manchester or Liverpool journey, it will cost just £198 for a family of six (up to two adults and four children).