The average man can stand just six minutes of his woman's witterings about her lunch, her stars and her feelings, it is claimed.
By contrast, he can pay attention for an entire fifteen minutes' conversation with mates about football or their sex lives, according to research carried out among 2,000 adults.
The findings also showed women listen longer and harder in conversation with their friends than they do with their other halves.
More than half of the men surveyed admitted they weren’t good listeners at all.
But the study found they will happily talk with a friend about sport, which proved the most popular topic for more than half the men questioned, followed by chats on films and sex.
Relationships was the favorite theme among women, with 55 percent saying it was their favorite topic of conversation.
The worst time to expect a man's attention is while he is watching sport, channel flicking or playing an app, according to the Ladbrokes-commissioned survey.
The average man has four occasions each week where he isn’t listening to a partner when he should be.
Men are most likely to switch off from a conversation if the topic is someone they don’t know, followed by chat about workmates, celebrities or clothes.
And chaps are similarly unenthused when talk turns to things their partner has seen on Facebook, horoscopes and chat around what they ate for lunch that day.
No doubt wise to this wilful and lazy ignorance, 55 percent of women say they regularly test their partner to check whether or not he’s listening.
More than a third said the most common sign their partner isn’t listening is when they take far too long to respond to a question.