Working in pyjamas, having a weekday lie in and fibbing about lack of internet connection to avoid video calls are among Brits’ top ‘lockdown confessions’.
A study of 2,000 adults found 78 per cent admitted to a minor ‘offence’ this year. In fact, the average person has committed seven misdemeanours each, with 13 per cent admitting their naughty behaviour has increased in the past 12 months.
When it comes to working from home, more than a fifth admitted to staying in their pyjamas all day and 19 per cent slept in when they were meant to be working. A further 16 per cent fibbed about their internet connection to avoid having to be on a virtual call, and almost one in 10 accidentally walked onto a call while dressed inappropriately.
The research, commissioned by Tesco, found that despite such confessions, 43 per cent agreed that after this year no one should feel guilty for doing small naughty things. Alessandra Bellini, chief customer officer at Tesco, said: “2020 has seen the nation adjust to new ways of living, working and shopping, which has led to some less than perfect, but perfectly understandable, behaviour.
“As we enter the festive season and begin to reflect on the year gone by, a quarter of us have confessed to feeling guilty for these minor slip-ups.”
The study also found a tenth of parents admitted to avoiding subjects they felt they were bad at during home schooling. And more than a third of the nation purchased more items than they needed when shopping.
Top 20 lockdown confessions according to Brits:
- Wearing the same pair of jogging bottoms a few too many times
- Buying more household items/groceries/toiletries than needed at that moment in time
- Leaving washing up in the sink for ‘someone else’ to do
- Working in their pyjamas
- Having a lie-in when they were meant to be working from home
- Forgetting their friend or relative’s birthday
- Giving their housemate (including partner, family, child, friend, other) a dodgy haircut or style
- Taking salt, pepper, sauce or sugar sachets from a café or restaurant
- Sitting in their car purely for peace and quiet from family or housemates
- Cheating on a virtual quiz with friends or colleagues
- Eating their children’s treats, chocolate and sweets
- Fibbing about how much exercise they were doing
- Using the last of the loo roll and not replacing it
- Turning the TV channel over when someone else was watching something
- Buying the last item of a product in the supermarket when they didn’t really need it
- Eating a bit too much banana bread
- Staying in bed all day while working
- Only dressing in work attire from the waist up while working from home
- Making out their internet connection wasn’t working to get out of a virtual meeting
- Changing their background to a filter to hide that they weren’t really working from home (e.g. working from the park, beach, etc)