Saturday 24 February 2018

Did you really have that amazing weekend you just told your colleagues about?

We don't believe you did...

Stock pic of lads having pints together
Stock pic of lads having pints together
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's Monday morning and the temptation to slightly embellish the story of your weekend to your colleagues is overwhelming.

Everyone had such amazing weekends trying kite surfing for the first time, checking out that new restaurant, pegging it across to Galway for Saturday night...

So, you tell them you ran a half marathon on Saturday and went for cheeky Sunday pints with your mates.  Nothing too hectic - just enough to not be perceived as boring.

In reality, you took to the bed and spent the entire weekend 'living' vicariously through Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and the rest.

You're not alone.  Half of your colleagues were probably lying too.

Nearly half of Irish adults admit to making up fake weekend stories for fear of being seen as "boring" according to a survey conducted by Jurys Inn.

young man cell phone addict in bed at night sleeping happy at home together with mobile phone on internet communication, smartphone and social network addiction concept
young man cell phone addict in bed at night sleeping happy at home together with mobile phone on internet communication, smartphone and social network addiction concept

A minority - one in five - surveyed said they spend their days off work doing something new.

It's a sad indictment of our times (although not all that surprising) when the most popular weekend activity is... scrolling through social media.  Sixty per cent of people surveyed spend their weekends catching up online.

One third admit they waste their weekends in bed catching up on missed sleep.  While we're not sure time spent sleeping can be deemed a 'waste' it probably counts as 'boring'.

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