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First world problems: Justin Bieber and Psy's Gangnam Style among the 50 things we hate about modern life

Published 27/02/2014

New research probes into the most irksome aspects of life in the digital age - including one celebrity face - Justin Bieber
New research probes into the most irksome aspects of life in the digital age - including one celebrity face - Justin Bieber
1 Self Service Check-Outs
2 Styrofoam Cups
3 Mobile Phone Ring Tones
4 Sales Calls
5 Reality TV
6 Selfies
7 Slow Internet
8 Mobile Phone Battery Life
9 Cameras On Phones
10 Headphones Leaking Loud Music
11 Expensive holidays
12 Budget Airlines
13 Sat Navs
14 Texting While Walking
15 Poor Grammar/Spelling
16 Text Speak
17 Americanisms
18 Delivery Times Not Being Met
19 Coffee Machines
20 Premier League Footballers
21 Bread Makers
22 Psy's Gangnam Style
23 Twitter Trolls
24 Middle Lane Hoggers
25 Private Conversations On Mobiles In Public
26 Z-Listers
27 Spam Email
28 Junk Mail
29 Train Fares
30 Road Rage
31 Fad Diets
32 Celeb Fitness DVDs
33 Estate Agents
34 Being Put On Hold
35 Pot Holes
36 Autocorrect On Phone
37 Clothes On Pets
38 Excessive Plastic Surgery
39 Call Centres
40 Commuting
41 Traffic Wardens
42 Justin Bieber
43 Computer Viruses
44 Hackers
46 Being Outbid On eBay
47 Seat Hoggers
48 ‘Fraping’
49 Having To Pay For Cash At A Cash Machine
50 Cracked Mobile Phone Screens

Living in the hyper-digitalised year of 2014, it seems, is about as irksome as it comes – especially if the results of a new survey on what people hate about modern life are anything to go by.

For the most part, the definitive countdown contains ‘things’, like sales calls (4), train fares (29) and spam emails (27). But there is one famous face deemed more irritating than any other – Justin Bieber.

Top 50 can be viewed in the gallery of images above

And, as the sole real person to appear in the entire list, it seems he’s really earned his place (42) over the years. Deep agitation for the pop star started as soon as he did, with the release of his saccharine, pre-pubescent whine-a-thon “Baby” in 2010.

The repugnance continued to swell throughout his early career as a floppy-haired pop brat with better SEO than Jesus, and boiled over in his late teens, after a string of ludicrous arrests, a ridiculous name change, and a particularly bothersome month-long domination of the newspaper headlines in January.

Bieber could also be held personally responsible for several of the most astringent items on the list. A shameless selfie (6) enthusiast, he is rarely seen without his camera phone (9), texting while walking (14), using poor grammar (15), and text speak (16) as he posts them up on Instagram, employing all the Americanisms (17) he can possibly muster.

Then there’s his army of acerbic Twitter trolls (23) – the Beliebers – each one no doubt the possessor of a Justin Bieber mobile ring tone (3) and, you know, probably a bread maker (21) or something, too.

The only other celebrity links come in the form of the irrepressibly awful “Gangnam Style” (22), originally performed by Korean pop star Psy, and blandly copied by personality-less buffoons the entertainment industry over.

Modern fascination with Z-list stars (26), Premiere League footballers (20), celebrity fitness DVDs (32) and reality TV (5) also made the list.

As did UKIP, the only political party to be branded a pain in the back side, who came in just behind Bieber (45). The list was compiled by

Do you agree with the top 50 list? What raises your own blood pressure? Leave your comments and suggestions below.

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