Are you someone who gets excited when making plans with friends or family, but then has regrets when it comes time to actually do them? Well, it seems that describes a lot of us these days. A new YouGov poll finds:
- 36% of Americans admit they often agree to plans and then later realize they don’t want to participate.
- That’s true for 11% who say it happens very often and 25% who say it happens somewhat often.
- And it’s particularly the case for younger people, with 56% of those under 30 saying they either often or somewhat often regret making plans.
- Those 65 and older are the least likely to regret making plans, with only 12% saying they often or somewhat often don’t want to participate.
But lucky for those people who regret making plans, COVID came along, because it’s become a go-to excuse for a lot of people.
- In fact, 53% of people say the pandemic has made it more acceptable to cancel plans at the last minute.
- That’s particularly true for 57% of women and 43% of men.
- Those 65 and older are the most likely to say the pandemic has made it more acceptable to cancel plans last minute (58%), followed by 18-to-29 year olds (53%).
- And those in the Northeast are the most likely to say the pandemic has made last minute canceling acceptable (62%), while those in the Midwest are least likely to say so (47%)
Unfortunately, the pandemic has prompted lots of people to back out of planned trips, and it seems overall, most people are understanding when that happens.
- 34% of Americans say they are very understanding when someone backs out of a trip due to COVID, while 36% are somewhat understanding.
- Only 16% are not very understanding, while 8% are not at all understanding.