Over half of Brits have made a social plan they have gone on to regret – with nights out and birthday parties among the events they are happiest to see cancelled
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More than seven in ten Brits have experienced “JOCO” – the joy of cancelled outings, a study has found.
We’ve all been there – agreed to meet someone or take part in an activity only to wish we hadn’t.
But then something wonderful happens – the get-together is called off.
And a new term has been coined for this very occurrence – “JOCO”.
Unfortunately for those polled, though, it’s a rare event – with 77 percent experiencing it only once a month or less.
A poll of 2,000 adults found as many as 58 percent have agreed to a social plan they went on to regret.
And a third have even made plans knowing they will never transpire.
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The term JOCO was coined by Checkinstays.com, whose spokesman said: “It’s a wonderful feeling, when something gets cancelled that you weren’t looking forward to.
“You don’t want to look like a bad friend by saying no all the time, but you’d far prefer alone time.
“JOCO is something millions of us can relate to, which is why we coined the phrase.
“But ducking out of plans isn’t always straightforward when you have things booked, which is certainly something to consider.”
The survey also found 52 percent are more likely to feel relief when events are cancelled now than ever before, with almost one in ten calling time on plans as regularly as once a week.
And 82 percent have been known to withdraw from scheduled events last minute, with 53 percent having lied about their reasons for the bail out.
A further 38 percent have an average of three friends that always seem to pull out of plans last minute.
“I’m ill”, “a family thing has come up” and “my schedule is hectic” are among the top excuses they make – although a third of adults rarely believe these cop outs.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found Brits are most relieved when nights out, pub trips with a big group of people, and birthday parties are postponed or called off.
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On the other hand, simpler occasions – such as nights in, meals out and coffee catch ups – emerged as the social events people love the most.
It also emerged that a third have lost an average of £54 due to last minute cancellations, leaving 42 percent frustrated.
The spokesman from Checkinstays.com added: “It’s interesting to see so many are more likely to cancel things since the pandemic, perhaps because we are more comfortable in our own company after the lockdowns.
“I wasn’t expecting cancelling occasions to be such a regular thing for so many – but we must be careful when doing this, as it could result in still having to pay, as the results highlight.
“We realised that when plans change, it isn’t always easy, so we created a service where you can re-sell your non-refundable hotel bookings to others, so you don’t lose out on your hard-earned cash.”
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