The research, carried out by the Permission Corp National Research Panel, found 53% of parents would turn to the internet to try to cut down their time spent searching for that special gift.
The research, carried out by the Permission Corp National Research Panel, found 53% of parents would turn to the internet to try to cut down their time spent searching for that special gift. Dave Noonan

Families feel the stress

PARENTS hunting for the perfect gift for their children can spend up to eight hours per annum searching for each child, according to a new survey.

But Professor Andrew Bridges, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services at CQUniversity, said although that seemed excessive, Christmas could be a stressful time for many people.

The research, carried out by the Permission Corp National Research Panel, found 53% of parents would turn to the internet to try to cut down their time spent searching for that special gift.

"That's probably at the extreme end of things," Prof Bridges said.

"I think if you've got more than one child, you wouldn't spend eight hours on each one."

Prof Bridges said part of the stress of the season was because everybody was trying to make things perfect.

"There is stress associated with that if you can't afford exactly what you would like," he said.

Prof Bridges said if people spent a lot of time with their families over Christmas, old tensions could also come to the surface.



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