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A change is as good as a rest No thanks! Unadventurous Brits have had the same haircut their entire lives – and will NOT be changing it any time soon
16:08 GMT, 28 November 2012
A change is as good as a rest, the old saying goes. But when it comes to our real lives, we Brits are an unadventurous bunch.
Far from ringing the changes or experimenting with the new, it turns out we are a nation who knows what we like – and we like what we know.
Evidence of our reluctance to embrace the new comes with the news that a third of us have had the same hairstyle our entire life, according to a new study.
Stuck in a rut: Kate had been criticised for sticking with the same hair style for years – then surprised us all by unveiling a new look last night (right)
The research reveals 55 per cent of men are so resistant to change they have always had the same hair cut. And we are so stuck in a rut that 43 per cent of us say we see no reason to change our hair style in future.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who has been criticised by some for sticking with the same hair style for years, has managed to break out of her style rut, and just last night showcased a trendy new look.
The study, carried out by energy company E.ON, found that 27 per cent of Brits admit they simply don’t like change in their life – and more often than not it's a case of better the devil you know.
As a result our adult life is full of constants.
Two thirds (64 per cent) admit they have never moved their bank account and 53 per cent of adults say they have never changed job.
Meanwhile, 35 per cent say they have had the same hairstyle since their mother stopped cutting it.
Although 22 per cent of women maintain they should sport a different style at least once every three months, 62 per cent of men say they will die with their current cut.
It seems we come up with a host of excuses for avoiding making changes in our lives.
Creatures of habit: 43 per cent of us say we see no reason to change our hair in future
Even when we are keen to take the plunge it seems we find barriers, with 29 per cent claiming they ‘don’t know where to start’.
A quarter (25 per cent) admit they are simply too lazy and 21 per cent say they don’t have time to make real changes.
As a result, 56 per cent of Brits confess their lives are stuck in rut.
When we do take steps to address this, the study suggests we usually do so to save money or for health reasons.
Our inability to address issues evidently preys on our minds. The survey found that their resistance to change leaves 39 per cent of Brits feeling guilty, 34 per cent ruing their laziness and 30 per cent feeling stressed.
Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos said: 'When you don’t have the time to do something or don’t understand it, it’s perhaps natural to bury your head in the sand or become stressed.
'A key part of the problem is the pressure we put ourselves under.
'Take a step back and set yourself realistic goals and deadlines to achieve these.
'Once you’ve made the first few positive changes, you’ll feel motivated to carry on and achieve more.'
Guy Esnouf, from E.ON, said: 'With everyone leading such busy lives we know how easy it is to get stuck in a rut – and be too tired at the end of the day to do anything about it.
'We want to encourage people to think which parts of their life they can change to reap financial and emotional benefits.'