What are we doing with our energy?

My lack of free time at the moment makes me seriously envious of people who have time on their hands.

That’s why I was interested to hear about a survey done by First Utility about what Britain puts its energy into.

I say interested, actually I was a bit horrified by some of it.

So, let’s start with the good bits. 37.5 per cent of people enjoy gardening.

That’s great to hear, and I hope to be able to do some myself one day. I know the girls would love to be able to spend more time outside.

I was also heartened by the fact that when it comes to indoor pursuits, almost as many people read books as watch television.

Long may that continue.

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And now we move on to the things that worry me.

We’ll start with competitive sports. Over 2000 people took part in this survey. And of those, only 4% take part in competitive sports.

This drives me mad. I know it’s only my own bias because I can’t wait for the time when I can do that again.

But still, I fear for the future of British sport if such a small proportion of adults are participating.

After all, the participating adults also tend to encourage their children into a sport.

They also often volunteer as the coaches, referees and assistants.

I hope that sport on the whole isn’t declining in the face of a digital world.

And on that note, there is no mention of computer games as a hobby, which strikes me as odd since it seems to be incredibly popular these days.

The other thing that concerns me is the fact that second to gardening, the next most popular “outdoor activity” is shopping.

Since when did the great outdoors become so unimportant that shopping classed as being outside?

Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here is the infographic they have produced so you can make your own judgment.


Please note, I worked in conjunction with First Utility to post this infographic. However, words, opinions and rants about how people spend their precious free time were all my own.




  1. July 24, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Your rant made me laugh. I despise competitive sport, but probably because I’m rubbish at it and when I’m rubbish at something I give up instead of trying harder.

    I find it interesting that younger people like cooking and baking more than older people, yet everyone thinks young people can’t cook! I guess the rise of things like masterchef and GBBO has helped that along.

    I’m also shocked social media isn’t on there 😉

    • monsterid July 24, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      Yes, it’s a really interesting survey all round. I’m pleased about the baking thing, the more people that bake, the more cake will be available for me. Winner 🙂

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