Contrary to popular belief, men actually do take time to read instruction book when setting up household appliances and gadgets.

Sixty-seven per cent of men take time to read instructions when setting up things like DVD players, while women actually refer to them far less, at 62%.

The survey, conducted by GfK on behalf of 60207, also reveals that just over half of the 16 to 24-year-olds say they don't bother to look at instructions, while more than three-quarters of the 55-64-year-olds go by the book.

Interestingly, 66% of the over-65s check the instructions before setting something up.

The survey was made up of a sample of around 1000 people who were questioned in the run-up to Christmas.

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