The majority of Australian consumers wear gloves in public places, according to new research, with the gloves most commonly used to protect their hands from the elements.
In a study released today, research firm TNS found that the average Australian uses a hand protector every six months and has worn gloves for four years.
The survey of 5,000 people found that about one in five Australians (18.6 per cent) had a glove, compared with one in 10 (8.7 per cent).
Gloves were used by just over three in 10 respondents (31 per cent), with gloves being worn by about two-thirds of men (66 per cent of men) and about two in five women (62 per cent.)
In contrast, gloves were used only by just under one in six (18 per cent)) men (19 per cent, compared to 15 per cent for women.
Men (23 per cent and 19 per cent respectively) were the most likely to wear gloves, while women (30 per cent each) were most likely.
About one in seven people in Australia (16 per cent or 26.6 million people) did not wear gloves.
More than half of the respondents said that wearing gloves would not be a problem.
More:The survey found that, overall, Australians wear more gloves than they do face shields, gloves with face shields were more popular among older Australians and those with lower incomes, while gloves with shields were less popular among younger Australians.
Gloves with face guards were the least popular among people aged 45 to 54 (13 per cent versus 19 per per cent in this age group).
More:Gloves, or gloves, were most commonly worn by people aged 15 to 24 (35 per cent); 20 to 29 (27 per cent on average); 30 to 34 (24 per cent; 20 per cent under 25); 35 to 44 (24 percent); 45 to 59 (18 percent).
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