"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." I think Andy Warhol said that -- although when he did, I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about bed sheets.
And yet I suppose he was -- insomuch as bedsheets are certainly things -- things that time alone will not change. They are indeed things you actually have to change yourself. One hardly needs a Bachelor of Fine Arts -- let alone to be a celebrated artist -- to understand that.
Nonetheless, it's a truism many a young bachelor seems to ignore -- at least according to a recent survey conducted by the British mattress company, Ergoflex. The survey showed that the average British single man can't be bothered to change his bed linens more than four times a year.
More than half of those sampled between the ages of 18 and 25 waited, on average, more than three months before washing the sheets. The majority of that group considered that an entirely acceptable time frame, while a little over a fifth saw no pressing need to change the sheets more often, and just under a fifth simply didn't give a sheet, so to speak. However, seventeen per cent did acknowledge that their lack of fastidiousness no doubt contributed to their continuous bachelor status.
Of the more than 2,000 Britons surveyed, single women fared much better, changing the bed every two-and-a-half weeks. But couples proved the most conscientious, swapping the sheets every two weeks. The surveyors were careful to note, however, that in four out of five relationships, it's the women who take care of the washing.
I guess you could say that about covers it.Here's Kathleen Edwards, with "Change the Sheets".