Let’s all be honest for a moment – we’ve all made exciting plans with our nearest and dearest that we never actually intended to follow through with.
Whatever excuse you come up with as to why you can’t meet your mum for dinner or go out partying with your best friend, we’ve all done it.
And it’s much more common than you think.
A study by Privilege Insurance says that more than a quarter of 2,000 Brits surveyed say yes to plans even though they knew they would never go.
So, instead of simply saying, ‘sorry, I don’t feel up to it’, we lie and give the impression that we are truly well and truly… up for it.
As a result around one third of plans that are made, never happen.
Privilege Insurance found that 25 per cent of people use the excuse of feeling ill, 27 per cent say they have a family commitment, and 17 per cent have said they have a work crisis.
A pet illness or double booking are also on the list of common excuses for cancelling plans.
Christian Mendes, head of Privilege Home Insurance, said: “Our lives are busier than ever so it’s understandable why so many of us are cancelling plans to enjoy some much-needed downtime.
“The research shows a large majority of us are unwilling to succumb to the social pressures of going out when in fact we’d rather stay at home.
“Whilst it’s important to maintain relationships with friends, it’s healthy to see we’re putting our own happiness first.”
But it seems that 35-53 year olds are actually the worst offenders, with 16 per cent of them cancelling plans, compared to 13 per cent of 18-34 year olds.
Women are also deemed more reliable than men with 63 per cent of them attending social plans, whereas men only make it to 58 per cent of them.