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Monday, 16 October, 2000, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Britons are miserable - it's official
sad britons
One in 10 would rather be dead, the survey says
Britons are more miserable and down-trodden than anyone previously dared believe, a survey has said.


A large proportion are just plain exhausted by life

Christine Webber, survey author
A quarter of the population fear a "hopeless future", one in three feels "downright miserable", and one in 10 thinks he or she would be better off dead.

The online survey by internet site NetDoctor.co.uk involved 400 men and women answering 80 questions to assess their emotional health.

A quarter said life was unfair, and more than one in 10 felt they had been dealt a miserable lot which they were powerless to alter.

'One in four unhappy in job'

In the questions on work, one in four were unhappy in the job, while one in three felt exhausted, unappreciated or underpaid.

In relationships, a quarter were unsatisfied with their sex lives. One in six people in relationships felt unhappy sometimes or often.

Some 10% of men reported being emotionally, verbally or physically abused by their partners - but for women the figure was only 6%.

Psychotherapist and agony aunt Christine Webber, who carried out the survey, said: "It seems people's lives do not live up to their extremely high expectations and it is particularly worrying to see so many people dwelling on morbid thoughts, with a large proportion just plain exhausted by life."

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