A shocking list of bad habits

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In this article by Jennifer Smith from the dailymail in the UK, 50 bad habits are listed.  The good news: You're not alone.  The bad news: We have a lot of bad habits to give up.  Some of the things that people consider to be bad habits is also really surprising.

Bad habits you want to avoid

The research was conducted in the UK, but the  findings probably apply across most countries.

We are a nation of addicts, struggling to stop ourselves from eating fast food, using Facebook and swearing, a new survey has revealed.

Among other vices is a love of coffee and tea, smoking and chocolate - though these are all things we are trying to give up according to research.

A list of the 50 habits we most want to curb has been compiled after electronic cigarette company, ECigaretteDirect.co.uk, asked 600 adults the things they'd most like to live without.

Giving up smoking was the thing people struggled most with, with alcohol and junk food following closely behind.

Reality television, biting fingernails and picking your nose are among the more bizarre bad habits with each appearing in the list's top ten vices.

Cracking knuckles, picking teeth in public and road rage featured further down the list as did obsessive spending and racking up credit card bills.

Unsurprisingly, technology based hang-ups such as Twitter and Google appeared in the top 20, as did addictions to iPads and smartphones. 

While it's easy to see why most things on the list would be considered bad habits, others such as going to the gym, shaving, and supporting a football team are perhaps not as threatening.

A spokesman for the survey said: 'Giving something up takes a lot of willpower and not everyone has the determination to see it through.

'People who can’t give up can consider switching to an alternative, such as switching to artificial sweeteners when giving up sugar, or electronic cigarettes instead of tobacco.'

While many would think it's women who worry most about their figures, one man admitted to constantly trying to ditch junk food in a bid to lose weight.

'I’ve tried giving up fast food many times but it is just so delicious and there are those nights when you get home from work so late that all you want to do is crash in front of the TV with a bottle of larger and a curry.'

Another woman said that keeping her maiden name was a habit she wanted to get rid of, after becoming too accustomed to it to change once she got married.

The 50 things Brits just can't seem to give up: Our most addictive habits

  1. Smoking
  2. Swearing
  3. Picking nose
  4. Biting fingernails
  5. Coffee
  6. Tea
  7. Reality Television
  8. Fast Food
  9. Alcohol
  10. Comfort Shopping
  11. Credit Cards
  12. Facebook 
  13. Twitter 
  14. Google
  15. The gym
  16. Sugar 
  17. Chocolate 
  18. Fizzy drinks 
  19. iPad 
  20. Smartphones 
  21. Meat 
  22. Video games 
  23. Cracking knuckles
  24. Speaking with our mouths full 
  25. Talking to yourself 
  26. Use of American English 
  27. Sex 
  28. Childhood toy 
  29. Boiled sweets 
  30. Bread 
  31. Pasta 
  32. Dairy 
  33. Picking teeth in public 
  34. Shaving 
  35. Clubbing 
  36. Supporting a football team 
  37. Women's maiden names 
  38. Humming to yourself
  39. Dyeing your hair
  40. Tattoos
  41. Piercings
  42. Pets
  43. Salt
  44. Tomato Ketchup
  45. Working
  46. Chewing gum
  47. Biting the ends of pens
  48. Licking the spoon when baking
  49. Road rage
  50. Extravagant spending

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