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03 Mar 2017

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What would you do with an extra hour in your day? Would you spend it on 'me-time', catch up on the soaps, take a well-deserved nap, or pop to the bedroom with your other half? Are the lads more adventurous than the ladies – and what about on a county level?

Because your time is so important to us, EBS set out to find out what our fellow Irish people would do with that extra hour in our 'Big Survey of Irish Time'*.

The Big Survey of Irish Time: The Results

Hobbies and sleep were evenly split with 18% choosing them as the ideal way to spend that extra hour. Then at third comes me-time: whether this includes a cuppa in front of the box or a stroll in the park, this was the go-to for many of you (18%).

While us Irish might have an international reputation as smooth operators, only 4% of us wanted to spend that extra hour doing the bedroom tango.

Only 6% of the great Irish nation would spend the extra hour socialising with friends, while 17% chose to hang out with their partner or family.

The most 'active' counties

Looking at the stats geographically, Monaghan and Roscommon were the friskiest with 33% and 25% choosing a round of 'how's your father'. As for the age range, it's the 36-45-year-olds who wanted to head to the bedroom with their other half, while 0% of 21-24-years did. Make of that what you will!

How would Irish Men and women spend their time?

Women actually opted in for me-time more often, with 23% choosing it as opposed to the lads and their 12%. So it's official: women need that time to sit back and relax. As for the lads, 21% went with hobbies and 14% went with exercise – both of which were more than women and their respective 16% and 10%. The lads came out on top for family-time, with 18% choosing this over 15% of women.

Which counties are the least motivated?

A bit of a head-scratcher this one, but 3% opted to do nothing with that extra hour. You Westmeath people seem like a funny old bunch, as 17% chose this. Have fun staring at the walls in Westmeath, lads.

Of all our counties, the poor people of Carlow seem to be the most sleep-deprived. A whopping 43% of Carlow folk would spend their fictional 25th hour sleeping, though Wexford wasn't far behind with 33%.

Which county has the hardest workers?

While doing nothing was the least popular choice (unless you live in Westmeath!), spending that extra hour on work wasn't too far ahead. So how many of us would spend our extra hour doing work?

• 3% of us would, as it so happens, with 4% of lads choosing work to the 2% of women.
• On a locational level, Roscommoners are the hardest workers at 25%.
• Meath and Laois tie for second with 11%.

The rest of the Roscommoners opted for making love and exercising, so they're clearly a hard working bunch out that way! (We're looking at you Westmeath, and your plans to do nothing.)

To check out the full nitty-gritty and to see how your county-people compared, head over to the infographic and full report.

Want a mortgage provider that really understands Irish people and how important your time is?

At EBS, we'll meet you anytime to discuss a mortgage. When we say anytime, we really do mean anytime – in a mo, a min, evenings, weekends, even in a donkey's year. This inspired us to explore Irish people's unique relationship with time in the 'Big Survey of Irish Time'*. Why not arrange a friendly chat with one of our mortgage advisors now?

* To find out when was the best time to meet for our Irish customers, EBS surveyed just over 1,000 respondents from a nationally representative sample of the Irish population on the 15h August 2015.

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