A new survey has revealed that 90% of Irish people are likely to spin yarns to friends, family and even the Gardaí to excuse themselves from a number of everyday situations.
The research was commissioned by vitamin and protein bar makers Fulfil to celebrate the launch of their new Chocolate Salted Caramel.
The findings revealed that 60% of those surveyed felt the need to make an excuse before treating themselves, with young people aged 18 to 35 10% more likely to justify their actions before indulging in a treat.
And, despite a reputation as a nation who are lovers of the craic and the chats 60% of those surveyed admitted that they’d make an excuse to get out of a night out with friends, while 70% admitted they’d made an excuse to promptly end a phone call with friends and family.
The research also reveals Irish people are allergic to that awkward moment of small talk on the street, as a massive 80% said they would fabricate an excuse to avoid talking to someone they know on the street.
The top excuses range from fake doctor’s appointments (18%) to needing to go to the toilet (13%), with one in ten people actually squinting and pretending not to have seen the person.
The results also show honesty isn’t the best policy when it comes to romance – nearly a fifth of people claim they’d say they’re too busy with work or exams to go on a second date. Additionally, one in ten claim to use the age-old excuse of going through a messy breakup to avoid over-keen suitors.
When it comes to exercise, we are not devoid of excuses either. A whopping 85% say they’d make an excuse to avoid exercising, with more than one in 10 admitting to using a family dinner as an excuse, almost 21% promising to make up for lost ground next week and the old chestnut of not ‘having a lift’ (17%).
The research also unearths some of the more bizarre reasons Irish people make excuses.
More than four in ten (43%) said that they’d fabricate an excuse in order to don their PJs for the entire day, while nearly 35% claim they’re guilty of pulling the wool over the eyes of the authorities and make an excuse to get out of a fine from the Gardaí.
Commenting on the data, Fiona Cummins, Marketing Manager from Fulfil said: “At Fulfil, we’re all about making better for you snacks that taste delicious. With our new Chocolate Salted Caramel, we feel we’ve reached new heights in flavour and taste and have truly given Irish consumers something they don’t need an excuse to enjoy.”