The average Brit makes 104 social arrangements every year – but will only actually turn up to half of them, according to a new study from Mentos.
The majority of Brits (49 percent) claimed they are usually “too tired” to go out – with a further 36 percent admitting they would simply “rather stay in”. A staggering one in ten (7 percent) claimed they would avoid a night out if their “favourite TV programme was on”.
And it would appear honesty is not the best policy for the majority of us – with almost 60 percent claiming it is “easier to make an excuse” to get out of something. Topping the list of excuses was “sickness” – with 60 percent of Brits saying they regularly use illness as a way out of an arrangement.
Other excuses included “I double booked” (20 percent), “I thought it was a different day” (18 percent) and “the children are poorly” (15 percent).
One in ten Brits have even wheeled out the old ‘I’m waiting for a delivery” line.
The ease at which we are now able to cancel was revealed as the main reason for the “cancellation nation” – with 80 percent claiming it is easier to cancel in this day and age because of email, text and messaging apps.
The study also found we are most likely to blow out work colleagues (54 percent), with friends (28 percent) next in line.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous said, “What we all have to remember is that stepping out of our comfort zone and making fresh connections is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. We all need to make the time to say yes because the simple act of getting out and connecting with new, and old friends is so important.”