LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/13 -- Prime Ministers, doctors and teachers: just a few people that are bombarded with questions on a daily basis. But they've got nothing on Britain's super mums. Indeed, thanks to the insatiable curiosity of their kids, mums are the most questioned people in the entire country: each answering 288(1) daily questions from their inquisitive infants - the equivalent of 105,120 a year.
That's according to new research of mums released today by leading online family retailer Littlewoods.com(i), which reveals for the very first time the sheer extent of questions kids will ask their mums. From the basic: "why do we have to go to school?" to the more taxing: "what are clouds made of?" to the downright personal: "Why are you so old?" British kids ask 23 questions per hour, every hour. That's more than David Cameron gets in even the most heated of Prime Minister Questions (PMQ's).
QUESTION TIME TABLE:
Job or Situation vs No. of questions asked per hour(i)
UK mums - 23 questions
Prime Minister (during PMQs) - 22 questions
Mastermind contestant - 20 questions
Primary school teacher - 19 questions
Doctor / Nurse - 18 questions
Customer service assistant - 17 questions
Football manager (Roy Hodgson in his first UK press conference) - 15 questions
Secondary School teacher - 14 questions
Waiter / Waitress - 13 questions
Cabin crew - 11 questions
Such interrogations don't just last for an hour or two either. From a morning cuppa (7.19am) to the start of Corrie (7.59pm) Britain's heroic mums face an exhausting 12.5 hour day of questioning. During meal times is the most grueling time (11 questions asked), closely followed by when out at the shops (10) and reading a story (9).
Most inquisitive infants
On average, four-year-old girls are the most curious of the bunch, asking an incredible 390 questions per day. Nine-year-old boys, however, are seemingly more content with their knowledge asking a marginally less intense 144 questions per day.
Although, with age, the number of questions asked gradually falls, the difficulty actually increases quite considerably. So much so that 82 per cent of mums admit to being regularly stumped by a question from their kids. What's more, 90 per cent admitted they have regularly turned to the modern day font of all knowledge: Google to help them. This perhaps goes some way to explaining the growing number of tablets (120,000) forecast to be sold through Littlewoods this year - a significant increase on 2012.
The five toughest questions asked to mums:
1. Why is water wet? (35 per cent)2. Where does the sky end? (34 per cent)3. What are shadows made of? (33 per cent)4. Why is the sky blue? (20 per cent)5. How do fish breathe under water? (18 per cent)
Whilst the nation's supermums are busy appearing in what feels like their own episode of Question Time, Dads are getting away scot-free. In fact, four in five kids (82 per cent) admit they will always ask their mums a question before their dads. The main reason for this being that they think their dads are "stupid" (43 per cent), followed by "Dad asks me to ask mum" (24 per cent).