Lights on, lights off: Almost one in two argue about this with their partner


  • More than 40 percent of Germans argue about the lights being left on
  • More controversy in Turkey over smartphone use than lighting

Almost one in two people in Europe argue with their partner about whether the lights should be on or off in particular rooms of the home. This was identified by E.ON in a Europe-wide survey of around 10,000 participants.

With 44 percent, Germans are in second place in a European comparison when it comes saying "You left the lights on", just behind Romania, which clearly holds the top spot with 61 percent. In Sweden, on the other hand, only 23 percent argue about lights being kept on, but 29 percent complain that their partner spends too much time on their smartphone.

More than a third (35 percent) of all Europeans are often at loggerheads about this second big issue: The frontrunners in arguments that frequently end with "you love your smartphone more than me" are people in Turkey where 59 percent accuse each other of excessive online chatting and Internet use, 20 percent more than those who argue about light (39 percent).

The most peaceable people in Europe clearly live in Sweden. Almost half (46 percent) find no reason to argue about energy use or wasted energy. At the other end of the scale, Romanians argue most frequently about energy, including the amount on their energy bill (47 percent).  

These results are part of the study “Living in Europe 2018”, for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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