Decisions, Decisions: New Research Reveals We Regret A Fifth of All Our Choices 10 years ago

Decisions, Decisions: New Research Reveals We Regret A Fifth of All Our Choices

Are you good at making a decision? We’re asking because a new survey has revealed that the average person regrets a fifth of all the decisions they make on a daily basis. Yes, really.

Apparently we tend to agonise over our choices and once we’ve made up our minds, we’re very rarely happy with our final decision.


The survey revealed that the average person makes a massive 773,618 decisions over the course of their lifetime. However, we usually end up regretting about 143,262 of these choices.

The research, which was carried out by Puzzler Mind Gym 3D, found that when it comes to weighing up our options, we spend nine minutes considering every outcome before we commit ourselves to one choice.

While 54 per cent of the people surveyed stated that they considered themselves to be relatively decisive, 39 per cent of that number claim that their confidence in their decision starts to waiver as they progress throughout their day.

Surprisingly, 55 per cent of the people surveyed said that they would actually prefer it if someone else made their decisions for them.


Hard choices: to eat the donuts or not to eat the donuts? That is the question...

So what are the most common decisions that we struggle with?

Well, first and foremost, we’re a bit crap when it comes to deciding what we should wear every single day. Deciding what to have for dinner came in at second place, while deciding what to watch on telly and choosing what to have for breakfast in the morning ranked in third and fourth place respectively.


Okay, so we may be fairly brutal when it comes to making simple decisions, but seriously, when it comes to buying a new pair of shoes or deciding where to go on holiday, we’re usually lightning-quick with our choices…