Some of the more exciting findings of recent surveys

5% of nuisance phone calls are from heavy breathers

23% of men whose parents had divorced fathered a child by the time they were 22 (compared with 13 per cent of men from two-parent families)

25% of women whose parents had separated became teenage mothers (compared with 14 per cent of women from two-parent families)

28% of women snore

55% of 35- to 45-year-olds would prefer to work shorter hours than earn more money.

62% of people aged 35 to 45 are having more fun than they expected when they were in their twenties.

66% of local authorities report that loud music is the major cause of complaints.

92% of men who have had a vasectomy would recommend it to their friends.