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We Will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in Our Lifetime

Posted on the 21 June 2016 by 72point @72hub
We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime

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The average person loses more than 3,000 items in their lifetime - including 192 items of clothing and 64 umbrellas, new research reveals.

A study into lost belongings of 2,000 adults found we'll also misplace 384 pens across a lifetime and on average lose four items a month.

Keys are the most commonly lost item, followed by mobile phones, pens and glasses.

Perhaps it's no surprise that two thirds of Brits describe themselves as the type to lose things regularly'.

And that might be why the average person forks out £4,480 over their lifetime replacing items they have lost.

The research commissioned by My Nametags, a British manufacturer of name tags, found that parents don't have it any easier with children losing seven items a month - most commonly school jumpers, school books, stationery, their socks and toys.

In fact, children will lose more than a thousand items throughout their school years, results showed.

Lars Andersen, Managing Director of My Nametags, who commissioned the research said yesterday: "Schools are like the Bermuda Triangle for clothes and stationery.

"Parents often discuss how they can avoid losing school uniform as you don't want to fork out for new items you've only bought the other week.

"Some losses are inevitable, but there are ways that you can make sure your child doesn't lose every item they own by labelling everything, even their socks.

"It is utterly frustrating when you lose a particular possession, whether it be a child's cherished teddy bear, or a mobile phone. You are invariably unhappy about losing the item, but also about wasting time looking for it.

"But of course, when you've found the misplaced item, or it has been returned to you, the agony of losing something is then replaced by sheer joy."

Headphones, lipsticks and memory sticks have a unique ability to go astray and also featured on the 20 most lost list.

Other items that have a mysterious habit of disappearing include remote controls, phone chargers and gloves.

The results also showed that one in four careless people have even temporarily lost a car.

While a fifth has found themselves stranded after losing some crucial directions.

Outside of the home, the most likely place for stuff to go walkabout is in the car or on the bus, results showed.

And the costs of losing items mount up - the most expensive item parents said their child had lost, never to be seen again, was valued at an average of £104.

Andersen added: "Sometimes the reunion with your lost item depends on another person's honesty. It could be a kind soul spotting your wallet left on a bus, or your child's lonely hat lost in a car park, who will decide to contact you, but if there is no form of identification on the item it could be lost forever.

"Most of us don't lose many items of significant value, but no matter what the value, if it matters to you or your child there will be emotional ups and downs associated with the lost item."

MOST COMMONLY LOST ITEMS- ADULTS
1. Keys
2. Phone
3. Pens (or other items of stationery)
4. Glasses or sunglasses
5. Remote controls
6. Money
7. Socks
8. Phone charger
9. Bank cards
10. Gloves
11. Umbrella
12. Headphones
13. Wallet
14. Lipstick (or other make-up/cosmetic items)
15. Memory sticks
16. Jewellery
17. Diary
18. Shoes / Trainers
19. Watch
20. Hat

MOST COMMONLY LOST ITEMS- KIDS
1. School jumper
2. School books
3. Stationery
4. Socks
5. Gloves
6. Toys
7. Shoes / Trainers
8. Gym kit
9. Hat
10. Phone
11. Jumper / cardigan
12. Other school uniform items
13. Cuddly toy
14. Beaker or water bottle
15. Tie
16. Lunch box
17. Glasses
18. T-shirt / Top
19. School bag
20. Pocket money
ENDS

We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime

We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime
We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime
We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime


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