We are a bunch of pikers… and we’re ok with it!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Australians want to be seen as being social and yet often prefer the comfort of their own home to going out and socialising. 45% of Australians always prefer to stay home, no matter what night of the week it is and a further 73% have turned down an invitation to go out on the basis that they preferred to stay home. Highlights from our recent research commissioned Connoisseur Desserts show that the typical Australian is making pretty similar choices when it comes to their social lives and (not) going on a night out.

Dropping in

77% of us report to dropping in on social events just to show our faces all, a lot or some of the time. For nearly 20% of 20-34 year olds, a ‘drop in’ often means attending more than one event on a night out – really making the most of rare occasion to socialise out of home.

Dropping out

69% of us are happy to cancel plans in the week of the event, and 14% admit they’ll drop out on the day. Seems old fashioned politeness goes out the window across all generations with one in three bailing on the day before/day off/at the time.

While spring and summer are the more social seasons for Australians, there is a lot of bailing out of events and catch ups in our increasingly busy lives. And ditching on work functions and colleague catch ups is where the piking happens most.

Avoiding the awkies

Seems some of us will go to extreme lengths to avoid the awkwardness that results from our bad bailing behaviour and will RSVP at the last minute (17%), send word with someone else (16%), avoid posting on social media what we’re doing instead (13%), avoid all contact with the organiser (10%) or avoid telling the organiser altogether (7%). The worst culprits, 20-34 year olds.

What happened to mateship?

The people who we are most likely to ditch are colleagues (41%) and friends (40%). Only 3% are most likely to bail on partners (phew!) and 16% on family events. We are most likely to cancel our attendance at work functions (24%) and casual catch ups with friends (22%). Conversely, 34% of 20-24 year olds are more likely to bail on drinks with friends than on work functions (7%).

Excuses, excuses

The fall back excuse for last minute cancellations is feeling unwell for 66% of us. Family commitments are the next most used excuse at 36%, and a sick family member at 23%. Lame excuses such as stuck in traffic (6%) and a sick pet (4%) make the list. Just 11% of people chose to fess up that they just don’t want to go.

Loving our downtime

For most of us, cancelling plans to go out means we’ve chosen instead a night spent relaxing on the couch (34%), sleeping (32%), watching TV (23%), or hanging out with a loved one (30%).

It’s really interesting to see the rising trend towards staying in. It demonstrates the impact that technology has on every aspect of our lives – including redefining our social interactions and what that means for human relationships in the future. An indulgent night in and eating a favourite dessert in front the TV is fast becoming a socially acceptable and often, preferred form of entertainment in our increasingly busy and complex lives.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


education future report Gen X toys Royals Geoff Brailey visual kate middleton Sydney forecast research visualisation earning social media millennials domestic father's day interactive renter of the future CBD personalities keynote friendship list product tertiary education forum financial dreams low density easter affordability authenticity mccrindle tea owning a home social analysis school satisfaction employers conference mccrindle in the media gender environment tableau home owner aged care puzzle cloudy days renting optus my business awards social enquiry SA entrepreneurial Australia Day waverton social commentary graphs analysis facts prince george baby names cars Northern Beaches living brand qualitative research emerging trends middle class Northern Beaches Christian School real 40 million Australian Home mining boom collaborative travelling cooking ageing non profit socialites ACF recap Generation Y home ownership snapshot learn statistics moderators guide house price rise housing children sydneycity divorce rate cash year 12 travel narcissism royal influence Sydney keynote speaker Charlotte income unemployment gen alpha business Wodonga townhouses Northern beaches Event wellbeing Caregiver marriages consumerism employment cancel plans religion shopping Tasmania pharmacy Education Future Forum tv FOMO future of education not-for-profit sun follow faux-cilise public holiday Melbourne socialising mobile focus group Australian Bureau of Statistics training future proofing generation social lives states survey going out Territory data analyst keynote speaker alpha System's Architect conference presentation ACF 2016 Merry Christmas Real Estate Institute of Victoria leader student JOMO Australian Communities Trends Australian Families typical australian poor investing manly leadership urban taskforce sunburnt country staff hills shire mortgage social change digital home anzac urban living index case study suburb focus groups lalor park 2012 personal growth demographic mother's day housing growth Australia Day 2017 demographic transformations overcast Australian demographics Queensland: QLD demographics parenting workshop stats cold NEETs DESTEL financial future Population Clock social research hobart change brand experience Australian Trends study the changing face of Do It Yourself careers mythbusters Res Vis participants customer generation Z 1975 Australians sydney event national crime rates google for education sydneysiders men seasons divorce land of the middle class builders brisbane housing market business index social life residents 1968 royal family results work mates priorities sports rain salary infographic wall Kiwi australians staying home more "know the times" office opening The Daily Edition royal baby New South Wales future volunteers royal Wellington wealth and income global Real Estate Myth social commentator couple 24 million ashley fell Channel 7 professional speaker capital city Love Christmas season social issues menai media activity monarchy know the times average aussie IT Specialists report community innovation cultural diversity faux-ciliser organisational culture marketing publication new office crows nest in the media Aussies victoria population map entrepreneur group state experience financial independence click budget NT Australian Census goals earnings internship Australian communities trend acf15 rich mover and shaker long weekend government conferences language relevant school identity increasing densification insight aged care educated baby name trends career futurist online newspaper lifestyle trends huffington post high density apartments investor mateship ease of travel professional development brands greatness tips cost australian communities forum charity annual income New Zeland Australian Dream earn local Kirsten Brewer national private wealth South Australia thought leadership contiki internet baby name australia Research Executive 2017 sustainable speakers HSC conference speaker work jobs 2020 consumer quote marrickville investment DIY REIV Conference Christmas lunch Financial Planning Association moreton bay English motivate cancelling event Christmas presents communicate insights census community event outsourcing area financial fears suburban living population neutral bay winter blues economic debate Christchurch criminal relational Births gen z Financial Planning Week trends of 2017 slideshare data grandparents gold coast Hornsby Shire Council pyrmont wage vegetarian staying in world networking resilience blaxland demographer eliane growth wealth and income distribution teleworking educhat households healthy future PSI engage sector wide study new york times society mccrindle research technology youth media release cancelling plans university degree mentor trends analyst daily commute dare to dream rise of local survey design safe parents market research emerging generations wedding sunny days teachers visualisation fresh entrepreneurs of today ACT baby boomers names woolworths Aussie spend intern school students balance Tuesday Trends The ABC of XYZ weekly earnings christianity holiday easy rider litter apartment house future proof financial social public speaking culture forecasting etiquette engagement Social Trend celebration goal not for profit rent Duchess of Cambridge leadership workshop professional 24,000,000 politics rising house prices Crime Rates dreaming daily telegraph youth unemployment perth teacher Western Australia suburbs university buildings optus poker master 1994 Valentine’s Day millionth February 16 social researcher vegemite news rule keeper teaching meetings debt event high school internships rental stress collaboration ultimo ipswich fears megatrends learner family commute summer infographic Netflix church the australian dream NSW finance EFF household economy Financial Planning Association of Australia innovative Scouts World Water Day researcher WA data visualisation group session nfp sector education future demographic trends Canberra google mythbusting retirement 2015 students medicine community engagement small business christmas property wealth distribution child care responsive clothing Bathburst GPO ashley mckenzie holidays generations city video bureau 2016 workplace culture eliane miles 23 million sector wide urban living house price McCrindle Speakers trend tuesday presentations weather dream global financial crisis energy generation alpha social trends australian social research wages unaffordable research data Australian schools families social impact ABS repayments Queensland future of work Tuesday Trend global generations Channel Seven 2014 Adelaide program year 7 communication baby boom shifts ethnography organisations SMSF winter stay home omnibus meals darwin baby panel population growth cartodb 10 years emerging technologies trends of 2016 house prices 1980 Assistant Store Manager TDE workplace workforce young people wolloomooloo urban thrive coffee ideas tattoos storytelling REIV National Conference events learning styles crime deloitte hornsby 2013 transport water jobs of the future office space aussie culture young australians generational trends skills friends curiosity education sector sentiments logan food Deaths tea Word Up cost of living national wealth baby name predictions communities social researchers research services australian communities trends report population milestone high density living geomapping resource environmental scanning media commentary shbc post rationalism schools hopes capital cities education Engineering Manager in depth interviews mccrindle define happiness property price growing population dessert presentation potts point life high density ageing population online shopping village research paying to work offenders sydney speaker schools students twentyseventeen entertainment selfie world youth day office Mark McCrindle Gen Y supply and demand affordable communications work-life TAS January 26th property market learning equip plans teach research pack Wagga Wagga New Zealand media norwest Northern Territory millenials housing affordability FPA optimistic shopper's pick marriage pharmacies social shifts Generation X wealth hello fresh bondi tuesday education research housing trends faux-cilising VIC proactive society trends princess charlotte future-proof local communities challenge award women