Cuadrar las vacaciones en el trabajo y esperar el agua caliente de la ducha agota nuestra paciencia

Cuadrar las vacaciones en el trabajo y esperar el agua caliente de la ducha agota nuestra paciencia

Impatient by nature. This is how a curious study on the importance of immediacy and time management carried out by AliExpress portrays the Spanish. According to the survey carried out by the marketplace of the Alibaba Group, waiting for the hot water to come out in the shower is the daily situation that most irritates Spaniards in their day to day life.

It is closely followed by one of the tasks that takes the longest each year and that most exasperates the respondents: scheduling vacations with co-workers. Waiting for coffee to be made in the morning is the third ordinary situation for which waiting for the Spanish is most annoying. When ordering online, fast delivery is one of the priorities of today’s consumer, who values ​​the speed of service above all else.

When ordering online, fast delivery is one of the priorities of today’s consumer

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In recent years, immediacy has become the order of the day, but currents have also emerged that are committed to a more relaxed lifestyle. Asked about the ‘slowlife’ concept, more than a third of Spaniards (35%) say they agree with this philosophy and try to apply it in their day-to-day lives.


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However, 60% find it difficult to apply this deceleration in their routine (some say that, due to work, going slow can only be applied on weekends). Only 5% confess that the slowlife rhythm is not their thing, but rather they prefer speed and immediacy in day-to-day things.

The infinite expectations of technology

The infinite expectations of technology

Technology has come to make life easier for us, but it has also brought us micro-waiting that exasperates at the same level as the analog ones. The survey carried out by AliExpress also asked about what situations derived from the use of new technologies are most annoying to wait for. In the first place, the Spaniards put waiting for a streaming video or movie to load (38%). They follow closely when a web page takes time to load after refreshing (23%) or waiting for the mobile to load.

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The functions that can be performed on the mobile are transferred to the computer

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Wasting time vs saving it

Aware of the paradoxes of life, AliExpress asked the respondents about the situations with which they consider that they waste the most time. Choosing which series or movie to put on and then falling asleep after 2 minutes is the biggest waste of time for 1 in 4 Spaniards. Who has not ever happened? Other classics such as thinking about pending things when getting into bed or inventing excuses to politely hang up when commercials call the mobile are the situations that waste the most time indicated by those surveyed.


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But, for every waste of time there is a solution. How do the Spanish try to recover those lost seconds? 70% of Spaniards confess that they have walked (or run) up the escalator to save time. Without a doubt, Spaniards do not lack ideas to save time: more than half of those surveyed skip the intro of the episodes of the series they watch; more than 40% take the fastest route (even if they have to wander more or change their own route during the trip) or have breakfast standing up to leave home early in the morning; and more than 30% already listen to WhatsApp audio at x1.5 or x2 speed.

What do the Spanish want?

Pablo Motos in ‘La Resistencia’ or Chanel winning Eurovision

The impatience of the Spanish goes further and there are many situations, linked to the public sphere, that they hope will take place before the end of the year (and, if possible, as soon as possible). If the respondents could choose something to happen immediately, it would be to see the soccer player Joaquín as a commentator in the next edition of the Isla de las Tentaciones. And it is that so much talent could not stay in his stories.

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Joaquín Sanchez watching ‘The Last Temptation’

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And since we also love salsa – it couldn’t be any other way – after the great stir around it, the second most anticipated situation is to see Chanel win the Eurovision Song Contest as representative of Spain. Among the priorities of those surveyed would also be seeing Pablo Motos as a guest of La Resistencia (and knowing how much money he has in the bank).