London - It is a situation all too familiar to most couples getting ready to go out. You are pushed for time, yet one partner shows no sign of being ready as they change their mind about what to wear or hunt for something they have forgotten.
Suddenly a tense situation escalates and before you know it you are having a blazing row. If that seems familiar, it is because waiting around for your other half causes the average couple 30 arguments a year – more than one a fortnight – a survey claims.
It is usually women who are to blame for the delay, meaning they are more likely to be the ones late for appointments, meetings with friends, work and even weddings.
But men are the culprits when it comes to holidays, leaving their packing to the last minute while women start days beforehand, allow more time to travel to the airport and like to check in earlier.
The poll of 2 000 adults, for stress relief medicine Rescue Remedy, found that 65 percent of women claim to be super-organised and always ready, compared with 55 percent of men.
Women are more likely to be late for important everyday events, with 25 percent admitting they keep friends waiting. For men, the figure is 16 percent.
And more than one in five women admit they are often late to work, compared with one in eight men.
Women are also more likely to be behind schedule when it comes to arriving at birthday parties, getting a train, appointments at the doctor or dentist and weddings.
But the average woman starts packing four days before a holiday, with more than one in ten allowing a full week to get organised, the poll found. Men typically do not start packing until three days before they go, with more than half admitting they can leave it until the night before or even the day they depart. And while 47 percent of women start to fret if they are running slightly late as they head to the airport, it bothers only 35 percent of men.
A spokesperson for Rescue Remedy said: "Many couples will be familiar with the scenario of one of them waiting around for the other one, who is still getting ready.
"But this can result in both of you being late – something those who are organised will hate. So, it’s not surprising to see this leads to so many rows within the nation’s households, adding to the worry and stress which already comes from being late."
Neil Shah, of the Stress Management Society, said: "If you need to take a moment to remove yourself and take a few deep breaths or write a list of things you still have to do, it will help realign your focus and enable you to think more carefully."