July 5, 2012 at 16:42PM
It's a quick task to pop in a pair of contact lenses in the morning before walking out the door, one that helps many people day-in, day-out.
But apparently, when it comes to certain aspects of making themselves ready, there's a difference between the length of time taken by single and married women.
Husband-less ladies take 11 extra minutes prior to leaving for work, Scholl has discovered.
The reason? The prospect of coming across a possible love interest.
Meanwhile, when it comes to going out of an evening, single women spend 24 minutes picking an outfit, on average, to their married counterparts' 16 minutes, and 42 minutes on makeup and hairstyling, against a married lady's 24 minutes.
"The research shows that single women act on the desire to look great from top to toe and prioritise their time accordingly," said Scholl's Anna Kovaleva.
And Jo Hemmings, a psychologist, explained that the idea that those ladies who do not have partners give a greater amount of time over to the way they look wasn't a surprise.
"If a woman is trying to attract a partner, they will be more self conscious about how they look," she said.
But she also suggested another possible explanation, saying such women might enjoy a greater amount of potential grooming time because they do not face as many demands that take up time.
To go by the words of The College of Optometrists' Dr Susan Blakeney (who is an optometric advisor), it sounds like people's pre-going-out routines could also do to involve double-checking that they've remembered to take some extra contact lenses with them.
She said when interviewed last year about the Christmas party period: "Plan ahead, if you wear daily disposables have an extra pair or two in your bag with you so that if you do go out you are not tempted to over wear them."
That way, she added, wearers are able to remove their contacts prior to bed, before popping in a new pair in the morning.
"Just like you might take a spare pair of underwear with you, take some spare contact lenses with you. Keep them in your draw at work maybe," she advised.
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