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43 Days of Your Life On Hold

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“Please remain on the line. Your call is important to us.” (If I was that important to you, why do you greet me with a robot and an eighteen minute wait?)

Eighteen minutes is just a fraction of the 43 days the average person will spend on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime, according to a survey conducted by data collection provider ResearchNow.

43 days? If only I had the patience of Job, or this guy from Australia who called Qantas airline to confirm a flight, back in July 2012. Andrew Kahn claimed he waited 15 hours, 40 minutes and 1 second before he hung up. “I had had enough” , he told his wife. He still had one after that?

In case you are hungry for more fun facts and things you’ll do in an average lifetime, which, by the way is 2,475,576,000 seconds, read on:

In an average lifetime you’ll devour:

  • 15,000 pints of milk
  • 10,866 carrots
  • 4.5 cows (I had more cow than that in 2012 alone)
  • 10,354 chocolate bars
  • 1,694 bottles of wine
  • 10,351 pints of beer (seems a little low…’hiccup’)
You’ll also have had:
  • 7,163 baths (I sat next to a guy on a bus who was up to 8)
  • 276 tubes of toothpaste
  • 272 cans of deodorant
  • 656 bars of soap
  • and had sex 4,239 (We’ll pause while you show this to spouse…)
Along the way, an average person:
  • will have made 1,700 friends
  • taken 59 vacations
  • spoken 123,205,750 words
  • and, shed 121 pints of tears (considerably more if you are a Minnesota Vikings fan)


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