Written by By Niamh Konte, CNN
Sometimes the best day out you’ve had is watching TV, and sometimes cleaning your TV can be the best day of all. But no matter which scenario you choose, a new study by Pirelli tyre demonstrates that cleaning your flat TV is something of a social faux pas.
The study commissioned by Pirelli reveals that, unlike clean underwear or a freshly vacuumed room, cleaning your TV can cause greater disharmony than verbal abuse and insults.
If you do decide to tackle the sponge and paper on your TV, however, remember not to get too far away from the sound of the engine.
The firm conducted two studies among two groups of adults. In the first it found that of more than 3,000 people surveyed, 14% of those that cleaned their TV had been told by an immediate family member or friend to clean it, compared to 2% who had been praised for doing so.
In the second, more than 20,000 participants were asked to describe how they felt about cleaning their television, and some interesting differences between groups emerge.
Those in the research group who had been told to clean their TV were more likely to be caught swearing (53% more likely), harder on themselves (24% more likely), more likely to be fantasizing about doing something else (5% more likely) and more likely to judge the viewer who had been allowed to relax, particularly those who had done so for too long.
Pirelli, purveyor of the “reduce air pollution by 75%” slogan, found that the “AirPlay” survey results supported that notion.
According to a recent report by the carmaker, those surveyed who watched a lot of TV were 33% more likely to have an extra-large tyre and 23% more likely to drive a diesel car.