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How often do you call your mum?

New research has found that on average we call home once a week - with the average person calling home on a Monday evening, at around 7pm, for around 20 minutes.

The study, carried out by OnePoll for the telecommunications company TalkTalk, may offer a little comfort to those of us who worry endlessly that we don't call our mums enough (or is it just us?!)

With that in mind, we decided to take a straw poll of the office, asking both men and women how often they speak to their parents.

The answers were, unsurprisingly, varied, although of the 11 people we asked 7 said they spoke to their mum every other day for around 20 minutes.

Stylist.co.uk Editor Maggie Hitchins said: "I speak to my mum every day or every other day, for 10 minutes. I cherish the 'mundane' nature of it - what we had for dinner, where they will walk the dog, what I have on at work. I have friends who have lost parents recently and I cherish having my mum at the end of the phone."

Less frequent callers said they rang home once every week, usually on a Sunday, or even leaving as big a gap as every two weeks.

"Every day I send a brief email or two, then once every two weeks on a Sunday on the phone for about half an hour." said Josh Williams, sub-editor on daily email Mr Hyde.

A couple of people asked in the office also said that their mum would forget to tell them things on the phone, so would then follow up with texts.

Siobhan Morrin, sub-editor on Emerald Street said: "She texts several times after to tell me the things she's forgotten (e.g. Yesterday "Oh yes, forgot to tell you, your cousin's having a baby")."

Writer on Stylist.co.uk Elinor Block gets lots of picture messages from her mum and loves the sentiment behind these.

"Mum likes to send pictures messages, to both me and my sister, such as the one of Angel of the North she sent yesterday. Usually there are no words, just a little snapshot of what she's up to. I love these messages from her, they are just a little reminder - often an odd one - that she is thinking of me"

All said they rang home, with some suggesting it was equal with their mums ringing them too.

However, dads were less likely to ring, and in almost every case dads didn't ring them, it was nearly always the other way round.

Dads also didn't talk for as long, with most stating that they spoke to their fathers for around 10 minutes or when they had something to talk about such as the football score or whether he had just bought a new car.

How often do you ring home? Tweet us @StylistMagazine

(Image: Rex Features)

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