The end of British queuing How we are no longer prepared to wait in line for more than FOUR MINUTES (and why older women are the most patient, and young men the least)
13:43 GMT, 8 November 2012
Some people sigh, others huff, most look at their smartphones, a few actually pay others to do it for them, and only the most patient among us grin and bear it.
Yes, when it comes to queuing, we are a nation of increasingly impatient folk.
And British people are now prepared to wait in line for no more than four minutes, according to a new study.
Worth the wait Research shows that British people are now prepared to wait a maximum of only four minutes in line
With technology speeding up so many areas of our lives, we are becoming less happy to wait in line.
But the research by mobile operator Three found that patience and willingness to queue are both directly linked to age.
Those aged over 55 are the most patient, admitting they are happy to queue for a full four minutes, while younger Brits are less prepared to hang about.
Those aged 35 to 44 will typically queue for no more than 3 mins 40 seconds, and 18 to 24 year olds will stand in line for no more than 2 minutes 59 seconds.
Get in line: Older women are the most content to wait in a queue, while young men are the least happy to do so, and will give up and leave a line sooner than most
It seems men are less patient than women, content to queue for just 3 minutes 23 seconds – compared to women at 3 minutes 39 seconds.
Two thirds of the nation (63 per cent) now use mobile internet on their smartphone to perform tasks like shopping, banking and making appointments they might otherwise have to queue for.
Sylvia Chind, of Three, said: 'It makes sense that more and more of us are using internet on our smartphones to save precious time in the day.'