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... Brits 'don't have time for relationships' Brits 'don't have time for relationships'

2 May 2008

Britons are under so much pressure at work that they do not have enough time to indulge in the finer pleasures in life, it has been revealed.

Research conducted by American Express Insurance Services suggests that a significant number of people in the UK do not even have enough time in the day to spend quality time with their partner.

One in four respondents to the poll say working commitments mean they cannot spend as much time as they would like with their better half or kids.

A similar number (24 per cent) say they are pushed to find an opportunity to discuss plans with their partner to go on a romantic getaway.

Presumably, singletons are also affected - although they will just have less time to look for a perfect partner, rather than having less time to spend with them.

As well as having a significant impact on Britons' romantic lives, eight in ten workers (82 per cent) say work is stopping them from doing important things in their home every week.

Exercising and cooking are two of the notable activities that are falling by the wayside, which could impact significantly in the health of the nation.

Meanwhile, Brits are also failing to focus on the futures, especially in the financial arena. Almost a third (30 per cent) say they do not have time to research pension schemes, while one in four (27 per cent) can't even find the few minutes needed every month to check their bank statements.

As a result, Chris Rolland, head of American Express Insurance Services, is worried about the impact of all this on people's lives.

"We recognise that for many hard working Britons there are simply not enough hours in the day. However, our research shows many Brits are letting their health, relationships and finances suffer as a result," he said.