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Your Significant Other Likely Knows Your Phone PIN or Favorite Band, But Not What You Do For A Living

It has been observed that two out of every five persons know the password to their partner’s devices, and almost the same amount of people know the favorite band of their better half. Yet, research has found that less than the third amount of people would be able to explain what they do for work.

Furthermore, three out of every four people don’t expect their partner to be capable of explaining their job, as per a survey of 2,000 workers from the United Kingdom. Five hundred of those workers had roles in the tech sector, regulated by market researcher Opinium in support of the IT jobs website called CWJobs.

People are frustrated—the numbers say it all

About 71% of Brits felt they had to dumb down their job descriptions while explaining it to their families, their friends, or their partners. Two out of five people said their close loved ones tended to shut-off whenever they try to talk about their work, so this finding isn’t all that shocking. The results have left about a quarter of U.K workers filled with frustrations. Meanwhile, around 22% stated that lack of interest annoyed them, and 17% said it made them sad.

People who worked in the field of tech and IT (56%) were most unsettled by their loved ones’ lack of engagement for their work, followed by those in real estate (49%), engineering (45%), and fiscal services (45%). Also, almost one out of three (31%) U.K. workers begrudged the fact that friends and family deemed the money they earned more valuable than their actual profession. As a result, around three in five people dreaded explaining what they do for work.

The perks of relatedness

Doctor Julia Yates, who works as a senior lecturer at the City, University of London, shared that speaking to loved ones regarding work is vital for relationships and mental well-being. CWJobs’ study backed this view since, among those who felt they could honestly share their profession to folks outside work, 32% declared they benefited from a different point of view.

Another 30% stated that sharing what they do for work helped them settle issues in the workplace, while a quarter reported that it aided them in maintaining a healthy mental attitude. 29% of respondents even shared that continuous support at home was able to help them land a new job, get a raise in salary, or negotiate for a promotion.

Self-determination theory

Doctor Yates cited an ideology called the “self-determination theory,” which maintains that one of our three fundamental psychological necessities as humans is the necessity to feel connections with the people around us. As for the other two, they are having a sense of control and feeling capable.

She also added that there is evidence showing that this notion of ‘relatedness’ is essential to our well-being. In fact, if we don’t have these personal bonds, our mental health will be on shaky territory.

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