LONDON – Retirement may seem like the light at the end of the tunnel for working adults, but for many it will be more of a disappointment than a pleasure. In fact, the average retired person is bored after just one year of a jobless life, according to a new survey.
That’s right – out of the many adjectives that the 1,000 British used to describe their retirement, three of the most common were “boring”, “lonely” and “quiet.” It seems that the most important change in life is just too much for some. Almost 3 in 10 respondents (27%) said they have more time for themselves than they expected when they retired.
Most retirees said they spend their time reading, watching television, and hanging out with their important others at home. Researchers discovered that the most common disadvantages of retirement were not enough money, boredom, and lack of social interaction. One in four respondents said that every day just feels the same since you retired.
And while most retirees felt bitten by the boredom bug after one year, 1 in 10 respondents said they had trouble finding something to regularly kill time after five months.
Approximately two thirds agreed that part-time work would provide a better sense of purpose, although only one third said they would seriously consider it. Four in ten retirees say that the main reason to work part-time again is to meet new people, and another 40% just want to leave the house. Interestingly, most choose to try a new experience instead of returning to their previous occupation.
The research was commissioned by the National Citizens Service, a British organization where experts in a field can help guide and educate teenagers with different life skills.
“Police officers and other civil servants tend to retire earlier than others, and while that sounds appealing, it can be a shock to the system,” says Chris Tolley, a 54-year-old retired police detective who runs a program at the NCS , in a statement. “It is important to maintain mental stimulation and use our skills differently – and there is nothing more fun than feeling that you have benefited young adults and encouraged cohesion, mobility and engagement for society as a whole. “