Politics is likely to be the cause of arguments in 1 in 5 arguments in British households this Christmas, new research finds.
Conducted by online retailer Christmas Tree World, the study of 1,000 UK residents revealed that 20% of arguments this festive season will be fueled by politics in some form. Examples of potential arguments included Brexit and Donald Trump.
This was the highest cause of arguments for 25-34 year olds (27.4%). Northern Ireland was the most likely part of the UK to argue over Brexit (18.8%).
The most common cause of arguments was family matters (29.6%). Examples of family arguments included not seeing certain family members, family not pulling their weight, and other ongoing disputes. 35-44 year olds were most likely to argue over family matters (36%), with 25-34 year olds the least likely (22.2%). The North West of England was the most likely part of the UK to argue about family (44%).
Money and financial matters is also likely to be a cause of arguments this Christmas (17.3%). The data shows that money is a source of tension for younger people, with the 18-24 (21.4%) and 25-34 (22.2%) age groups most likely to squabble over finances.
There are also a number of gender differences in the types of arguments we may have at Christmas. Men are more likely than women to argue about politics (26% vs 18.2%) and money (19% vs 15.7%) , while women are more likely to argue about family (27.8% vs 31.3%).
Other potential arguments listed in the research include people spending too much time on their mobile phones, having to work too much, and getting into a rage over board games.
Christmas Tree World’s Lawrence Evans commented: “While Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and merriment, for many it can be the cause of arguments and anxiety. Politics is always a hot topic but right now it feel impossible to escape from it, so I imagine it will crop up during a fair few Christmas dinners. However, with family-related arguments being the most common source of tension, it shows just how difficult some people find Christmas. While we do take a lighthearted look at these things, if people are struggling at Christmas, it’s important to remember there are people to talk to, which can help make life that little bit easier.”
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