Britons confess naughtiness during lockdown to avoid working and wearing pyjamas all day

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In fact, the average person has committed seven misdemeanours each, with 13 percent admitting their naughty behaviour has increased in the past 12 months. This included cheating during a virtual quiz (16 percent), giving their housemate a dodgy haircut (17 percent) and using someone else’s Wi-Fi without permission (18 percent).

When it comes to working from home, more than a fifth admitted to staying in their pyjamas all day and 19 percent slept in when they were meant to be working

A further 16 percent 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 percent agreed that after this year no one should feel guilty for doing small naughty things.

Alessandra Bellini, the 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.

More than a fifth admitted they have done a little mischievous thing in recent months because they saw someone else doing the same.

Those most likely to encourage naughtiness were found to be lovers (35 percent) and friends (15 percent). 

It also emerged that almost three quarters of adults polled via OnePoll believe as a nation we need to hear light-hearted stories this year with Christmas adverts being one of the top ways. 

Alessandra added: “At Tesco, however, we believe Christmas is all about spreading joy and this year, we’re encouraging everyone to forgive themselves for their naughty slip-ups. 

“After the year we’ve had, we all deserve to treat ourselves and so we say there is no naughty list (but parents, we’ll let you decide whether you tell your children that or not).”

Top 10 lockdown confessions according to Britons:

 

1. Wearing the same pair of jogging bottoms a few too many times

2. Buying more household items/groceries/toiletries than needed at that moment in time

3. Leaving washing up in the sink for ‘someone else’ to do

4. Working in their pyjamas

5. Having a lie in when they were meant to be working from home

6. Forgetting their friend or relative’s birthday

7. Giving their housemate (including partner, family, child, friend, other) a dodgy haircut or style

8. Taking salt, pepper, sauce or sugar sachets from a café or restaurant

9. Sitting in their car purely for peace and quiet from family or housemates

10. Cheating on a virtual quiz with friends or colleagues

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