Here are the top 30 things Brits always nag other people about – including turning off lights and TV.


Researchers have identified the top 30 things we constantly nag others about – topped by turning off lights, tidying things away and having the TV on too loud.

A study of 2,000 adults by comparethemarket.comSeven out of ten people surveyed said they try to help their loved ones get things done. This includes putting away clothes, dishes, and shoes.

Other complaints include not turning off the TV, heating too high and leaving the bins full.

The average person reckons they nag at least three times a day – although 72 percent admit they pester others when they could be doing something themselves.

43 percent of adults claim to be the main breadwinners. “nagger”In their household.

The biggest nag is not turning off lights
The biggest problem is not turning off the lights

People nag their family about the following: Not replacing the toilet roll, turning the TV down, walking past items on the stairs that need to be carried up and not turning the television off.

Other irritations include never recycling, not making beds and leaving the toilet seat open.

And when it comes to life admin, as many as 83 percent of adults have had to nag themselves to sort out these personal tasks they’ve been putting off – with nearly a quarter delaying sorting their home insurance for a month or more.

The survey also revealed that 31 percent of respondents would like to reduce their spending and improve their financial situation, while 29% will be reviewing what they can afford for 2022.

Nearly 25% will use January to make a fresh start and reevaluate their spending habits.

It is amusing that 62 percent of those surveyed have deliberately delayed completing a task after being nagbed, just to be annoying the person who was trying to get them.

30% of polled respondents say they have to pester children to get things done.

Three in ten said they have to pester their children the most to get things done
Three-in-10 respondents stated that their children need to be pestered the most in order for them to accomplish certain tasks.

Nagging could be perceived as a positive way to tick things off the list, as 48 percent don’t mind being “reminded”54 percent of respondents believe that humans have a hardwired need for stimulation.

Ursula Gibbs, director at, said: “While sometimes it can be annoying, being nagged or having that nagging feeling happens for the greater good.

“It can often be the springboard to getting something useful done that you’ve been putting off for a while, whether it’s something round the house or your own personal admin.

“The research has also revealed a large number of people like to be nagged in order to push themselves to get on with things.

“January is often a time where people take a fresh look at where they stand on things for the year ahead.

“It has also shown many intend on taking a closer look at their outgoings during this time, no doubt fuelled by increasing prices in many areas of life at the moment.

“By taking this step, they can hopefully enjoy 2022 without having that nagging feeling as much – when it comes to their admin, at least.”

Compare the Market created the following to help you get rid of that constant feeling. Good Things HubThis tool will help you find great deals on your car and home insurance before it expires.


  1. Turn off the lights
  2. Clean up after yourself
  3. Rearranging things in the wrong places
  4. Too loud a TV volume
  5. Don’t forget to take your clothes off the floor
  6. Dishwashers and cups should be left around the house
  7. It is not possible to replace the toilet paper in the holder
  8. Winter: Going out and leaving the door open
  9. You can leave several pairs of shoes around.
  10. You can walk right past the steps that need to be taken up.
  11. Do not clean the sink after shaving/brushing teeth.
  12. Turn the TV off
  13. Do not put your clean laundry away
  14. Too much time spent on their phones
  15. Too high heating
  16. Dinner at the restaurant
  17. Don’t leave bins full
  18. Save money
  19. Leave the dishes near the dishwasher
  20. Leave the fridge/freezer door unlocked
  21. Get up from the toilet seat
  22. Never do the recycling
  23. Not making beds
  24. The dishwasher should not be loaded or unloaded
  25. Organizing their life admin
  26. Too much time spent in front of the television
  27. Too loudly playing videos on their phones
  28. Reduce their outgoings
  29. Exercising
  30. Overflowing laundry basket