Edinburgh couples named the 'least argumentative' in the UK

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The overwhelming majority of couples in Edinburgh argue less than once a month.

With around 30 million cohabiting couples recorded in the UK, it’s unsurprising that at some point annoying habits start to creep in. But which pet peeves test the nation’s love birds the most?

In a recent study, fitted furniture specialists Hammonds Furniture surveyed 2000 UK adults, revealing which cities are the best and worst when it comes to arguing over each other’s bad habits.

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They found that Edinburgh is first when it comes to couples arguing the least about each other's bad habits.

Edinburgh is first when it comes to couples arguing the least about each other's bad habits.Edinburgh is first when it comes to couples arguing the least about each other's bad habits.
Edinburgh is first when it comes to couples arguing the least about each other's bad habits.

The most common arguments among Edinburgh couples are about not listening, too much screentime and leaving cups/washing up out.

Followed by Edinburgh were cities such as Bristol, Norwich and Sheffield where couples argue about other bad habits such snoring, stealing bed covers at night and leaving the lights on.

The least argumentative cities for couples in the UK are:

  1. Edinburgh – 85% argue less than once a month

  1. Bristol – 84%

  1. Norwich – 77%

  1. Sheffield – 73%

  1. Southampton/Belfast - 72%

On the other hand, the most argumentative cities for couples in the UK are:

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  1. Manchester – 49% argue more than once a month

  1. London – 37%

  1. Birmingham – 36%

  1. Newcastle – 35%

  1. Cardiff/Glasgow - 31%

Overall, more than half of UK adults in relationships (51%) – the equivalent to 15 million people – find ‘not listening’ the most annoying habit of their partner. When assessing their own bad habits, a few might be telling a few porky pies with only one in seven (16%) admitting to being guilty of not listening.

But this is just the beginning, in fact over 12 million (42%) of Brits get annoyed by their partners snoring, whilst over a third (39%) are not a fan of their other half’s cleanliness, by leaving the washing or cups out around the house.

Top annoying partner habits (UK wide):

  1. Not listening - 51%

  1. Snoring - 42%

  1. Leaving cups / washing up out - 39%

  1. Avoiding household tasks – 35%

  1. Stealing bed covers at night – 35%

  1. Too much screen time – 35%

  1. Leaving lights on in the house – 35%

  1. Leaving dirty clothes on the floor – 33%

  1. Nagging – 29%

  1. Not emptying bins – 28%

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