Women are more likely than men to pretend not to notice pregnant women on public transport
Some 19 per cent of female commuters admit to keeping eyes averted and ignoring the situation compared with just 14 per cent of men, according to a survey of more than 2,000 adults.
And it is the younger generation who are more considerate of elderly or pregnant passengers than their older counterparts.
People aged 16-24 give up their seat an average of eight times a month, while those over 55 only do it twice, the research revealed.
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People aged 16-24 give up their seat an average of eight times a month
We wanted to see just how nice the nation really is
Households with an annual income of £15,000 to £25,000 were found to be the most responsive to seeing someone in need, with almost two-thirds offering others a place to sit down.
Those earning over £55,000 a year were the least likely group to move with just 42 per cent willing to give up their seat.
The survey was commissioned by travel firm Monarch as part of its campaign to promote traditional values of chivalry, courtesy and respect.
The company’s chief operations officer Nils Christy said: “We wanted to see just how nice the nation really is by looking at a commonplace situation faced by commuters every day.
“It’s encouraging to see men and the younger generation – often criticised for being unthoughtful – coming out tops in this simple demonstration of niceness.”
Surprisingly, those without children of their own are more empathetic than parents with 27 per cent willing to stand up to give a weary mother-to-be the chance to rest compared to just one in five of mothers and fathers.
Those earning over £55,000 a year were the least likely group to move London Underground in the 70s/80s Sun, February 5, 2017
Photographer Bob Mazzer captured intimate scenes from the London Underground throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
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London Underground in the 1970s/80s
And singletons really do look out for number one as they are revealed to be the least likely to move at 51 per cent, compared to 62 per cent of married men and women and 58 per cent of those in a relationship.
Despite the lack of consideration sometimes displayed between commuters, around 97 per cent of Britons consider themselves to be nice people – with kindness, respecting others and honesty the key ingredients of what makes someone nice.
Three quarters of UK adults said it is important to be kind because it encourages others to treat you the same way.
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