Inside all of us is a little recluse who wants nothing more than to curl into a ball and watch a TV series.
So what do you do when someone asks you to leave the house and do something? Well for 50 per cent of us, it turns out that we lie.
Those little white lies add up, and Macmillan Cancer Support have caught us red handed with their survey showing just over half of 25-34-year-olds lie to their friends about being busy in order to stay in and watch a box set or TV.
As part of the cancer charity’s most recent campaign Whodunnit?, their research on 1,000 people reveals almost a fifth of UK adults are guilty of social media secrecy, with 22 per cent of respondents having asked friends or family to help them cover their tracks online.
Whodunnit? promises an evening of legitimate lying, asking people to put their fibbing to the test by holding their own murder mystery evening with their game pack.
— Susan (@mossequ1) March 11, 2018
Speaking to UNILAD, Fundraising Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, Katherine Blaize-Smith said:
It’s clear from these stats that as a nation we’re no stranger to pulling the wool over our friend’s and family’s eyes, so why not enjoy a night of legitimate lying and raise money for a fantastic cause, by taking part in Macmillan’s brilliant murder mystery fundraiser.
Our Whodunnit? fundraiser is inspired by the British public’s fascination with murder mysteries.
Hosting a Whodunnit? event is an opportunity to indulge in an evening of mystery, clues and deception whilst supporting a worthy cause.
All money raised will help ensure that Macmillan Cancer Support can continue to provide emotional, practical, medical and financial support to people affected by cancer.
— Kathryn Hearn (@Kathryn_Hearn) May 27, 2017
In a bid to highlight how often people tell white lies, Macmillan also revealed that 18-24-year-olds are the biggest liars, with around half of them having asked friends or family not to tag them, share photos of them, or to delete a social media post to hide their whereabouts.
They say as you get older, you care less about how you appear, so it’s no surprise that the older generation were the most loyal, with only 19 per cent of 55-64-year-olds lying to their friends and family so they could stay in and watch TV.
Lastly, probably the most British of the lies, is when say everything is ‘fine’ in order to avoid an awkward conversation, which 33 per cent of us admit to doing.
Macmillan are encouraging everyone to hold their Whodunnit? dinner on Saturday March 24, in order raise as much money for the charity.
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes, and Macmillian Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected every year.
All you do is sign up online, receive your murder mystery game pack, host a murder mystery, and send them your donation.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm).