Do you like to warm your feet on a heat pad or on your partner?
Snuggling up to a partner is only the second choice
In many parts of Europe, electric heat pads, electric blankets and foot-warmers are the favourite remedy for cold feet. In a representative study conducted by energy provider E.ON in eight countries, 28 percent of respondents said that this was how they dealt with the problem of cold feet.
In these instances, partners lost out and were ranked slightly lower as the remedy of choice. In Europe as a whole, partners score 25 percent and are therefore less popular than technical equipment. In Germany, snuggling up to a partner is on a par with the beloved hot-water bottle, both scoring 24 percent. The Brits lead the field in cuddling under the covers, about a third of them (31 percent) relying solely on their partner when the weather turns cold.
However, particularly in Central Europe, technology has largely taken over from people. In Hungary and Romania, they rely totally on electricity. In Hungary, 44 percent of respondents keep warm using electric blankets and heat pads and this figure is still a significant 39 percent in Romania. But this means that the hot water bottle trails behind at only 7 percent and 4 percent respectively.
The popularity rating for wheat bags that you heat up in the microwave only reaches double figures in the Czech Republic and Sweden. Conversely, in the UK, Romania and Turkey, less than 5 percent of respondents use them as a remedy for cold feet.
These results are part of the ‘Living in Europe’ study, for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 8,000 people in Germany, the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Hungary in December 2016.
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