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


award Lower Hunter Region Generation Y households home donation teaching average Australian 2012 alpha future-proof identity property development Research Director demographic ACF17 data analyst learning fresh research pack baby cancelling event balance DIY program micro apartments parents rumbling tummies Christmas research education future report spirituality customer choice workers high density apartments McCrindle Speaker priorities anzac group session educated tattoos children work from home holidays australian volunteering clothing 2016 census results royal baby baby name trends goal work-life retirement education sector bureau award winner demographics rising house prices follow HR marketing FPA divorce rate wage sydney event Australian Population tips Sydney families Education Future Forum states teach Australian Census coffee lovers entrepreneurs of today ACF language public transport prince george meetings statistics non profit conferences sentiments staff workshop storytelling affordable plans acf15 victoria impact buildings omnibus change "know the times" sydneycity future generations sydney hills ashley mckenzie Sydney population social researcher breakfast Res Vis trends of 2016 world generation alpha communications women high density investing data visualisation 2015 volunteering data Kiwi Christmas presents gold coast ACT cars thrive population growth TED fears sun the lucky country winter blues celebration maiden names Mount Annan-Currant Hill online ageing population ACF 2016 Christmas day Queensland rule keeper safe tableau environment Christmas day weather careers Australians friends conference presentation transport news Royals global financial crisis property price teachers hobart social analysis house price Aussie young australians workforce china stay home Australian Home train Business analysis Western Australia brand experience trends of 2017 dessert gender SA faux-cilising business performance government suburban living business debate society trends story Australian Bureau of Statistics infographics gig economy Financial Planning Association of Australia cash events gen alpha property baby name predictions cultural diversity staying in darwin Retail logan authenticity younger generations 2017 social change Channel 7 goals WA social life kate middleton infographic wall population milestone financial dreams society mobile wealth finance report family Cobbitty-Leppington Australian community trends forecasting Lower Hunter sunny days jobs professional speaker survey Australia Day 2017 emerging technologies February 16 NT school satisfaction media socialising communities life shopping selfie financial fears state innovative world youth day screenage rental stress trend tuesday moderators guide recap keynote speaker christmas intern NBRS Architecture facts Northern Beaches New South Wales wealth and income distribution renter of the future HSC daily telegraph seasons greetings medicine earnings shopping centre technology social trends Australian Communities Trends culturally diverse grave decision unaffordable Australia Day australians staying home more sydneysider Black Friday market research housing affordability 24,000,000 Bathburst earning marriages professional services organisational culture sector Melbourne shbc social commentary university degree group christian home owner Kirsten Brewer Sydney keynote speaker Australian Families gig debt REIV National Conference workplace culture analysis youth unemployment lalor park focus group professional development spend high density living emerging trends care support proactive speakers NFP event media release repayments social researchers Channel Seven year 7 conference 2020 urban living year 12 changing face of sydney owning a home Wodonga learning styles the australian dream office opening economy employment Valentine’s Day Maxim Accounting area property market australian social research US research optus my business awards seasons GPO social commentator demography middle class easy rider australian real estate USA McCridle social enquiry lifestyle 40 million wealth distribution hills shire motivate Macquarie University rise of local future of work Duchess of Cambridge the hills shire gen z case study in the media youth ease of travel REIV Conference low density collaboration future proof Hornsby Shire Council 2016 census faith and belief divorce neutral bay cloudy days English church New Zealand rain engagement local communities outsourcing generational trends research visualisation budget Births monarchy renting James Ward friendship coffee Willowdale experience housing indonesia sunburnt country pharmacy dare to dream brands affordability bus teacher communicate global generaion food pyrmont workplace australia mccrinlde demographic transformations personalities Crime Rates mateship huffington post daily commute January 26th wealth and income presentation food insecurity cost of living Hills Shire Council study megatrends not for profit Research Executive sustainable social research baby names rich perth census data jobs of the future Real Estate royal family Wagga Wagga Sydney Lifestyle Study resilience digital economy not for profit research suburb leadership equip generation Z earn work mates sydney speaker Australian Trends census results JOMO schools economic Love mccrindle research visual slideshare father's day community engagement personal growth focus groups relational Performance Sentiment Index baby names australia report collaborative waverton employmee New Zeland System's Architect shifts VET who is generation z surnames TDE office salary skills young people NEETs 2014 urban development geomapping Hunter Valley Northern beaches Event business index entertainment students eliane public speaker micro socialites NSW Black Friday in Australia TEDx Speaker suburbs PSI product millenials car growth emerging generations future of shopping entrepreneur 1980 ipswich Work place Gen Y Gen Z Expert royal communication crime Wellington hills insights mythbusting snapshot results moreton bay brand curiosity princess charlotte aussie culture panel offenders visualisation crows nest sydney property market VET sector ethnography supply and demand Christmas season future Population Clock capital cities live the dream data analysis organisations food bank parenting high school cultural diveristy Jura Coffee research on coffee shopper's pick demographic trends Christmas in Australia cold investor Canberra optimistic Real Estate Institute of Victoria google for education education future future of education weather google menai tertiary education McCrindle Speakers research report social analyst ferry typical australian 1994 Mark McCrindle vegetarian public holiday Gen X national crime rates ashley fell hunger 2013 charities 2016 volunteer summer post rationalism trends baby boomers energy volunteers overcast investment presentations poor india Word Up cica conference speaker nativity scene australian communities trends report school Charlotte house prices VIC #censusfail CBD Andrew Duffin small business NBRS urban living index christmas trees research services thought leadership capital city student hopes the hills speajer Foodbank Australia Australian communities Financial Planning Week sector wide study paying to work online shopping World Water Day the average aussie water Scouts residents school students baby name income qualitative research financial planning contiki consumerism publication quote baby boom living global norwest litter education local demographer marrickville twentyseventeen faux-cilise ACT Report 24 million healthy future TED talk leader grandparents apartment royal influence belief survey design Territory happiness housing trends brisbane innovation religion leadersip forecast city SMSF meals bondi cooking manly poker master Assistant Store Manager mover and shaker event purpose mccrindle tea challenge employmer millennials maiden digital engage media commentary aged care puzzle australian community trends report speaker education research tuesday click pharmacies in depth interviews hornsby Tasmania real the future mother's day 1995 ageing do people still change their surname after marriage? 1968 learn Netflix wolloomooloo mythbusters Australia street national private wealth forum population men Northern Territory Deaths long weekend dreams politics research data urban future proofing nfp social lives criminal local community participants leadership workshop Adelaide video internship insight Elderslie-Harrington park Caregiver commute unemployment christmas 2017 researcher wellbeing sports professional generation 10 years toys graphs SMART new york times wedding internet average aussie village Northern Beaches Christian School census fail woolworths Merry Christmas housing growth infographic sydneysiders career going out new office christianity financial independence Myth environmental scanning cancelling plans community event Millennial office space Christmas lunch Tuesday Trend money Christmas Stats Mark McCrindle in the media cost aged care mortgage land of the middle class faux-ciliser training the changing face of ultimo newspaper networking urban taskforce winter entrepreneurial global generation australian communities forum Sydney’s south west trend dreaming trades faith ABS DESTEL marriage annual income population map deloitte Understanding and Engaging with Generation Z national wealth IT Specialists Queensland: QLD vegemite mining boom easter TEDx sydney metro Tuesday Trends ACF2017 etiquette Geoff Brailey social mccrindle in the media Australian Dream Christchurch resource relevant data weekly earnings university EFF travelling wages 23 million TAS screenagers trends analyst Skilling public speaking South Australia keynote potts point casual What is food insecurity? house price rise commuting global generations rent responsive Sydney Hills Business Chamber tv Engineering Manager mccrindle average sydneysider optus 2009 travel Generation X Financial Planning Association townhouses Australian demographics generations speakers pack Jura Australia couple social shifts CPI commuters giving learner sophie renton Black Friday Sales showreel census 2016 professional presenters narcissism cancel plans baby names report Australian schools growing population schools students cartodb list sector wide define educhat ideas home ownership FOMO global retail employers know the times Christmas data teleworking social issues wealth inequality dream demographic analysis hello fresh groceries social impact child hunger greatness Do It Yourself social media financial future internships happy holidays charity stats domestic Social Trend the great screenage sydney market household McCrindle Keynote Speakers community apartments chairty tea The Daily Edition financial consumer builders blaxland 1975 increasing densification house Vocational education mentor work donate media activity eliane miles interactive surname Aussies millionth The ABC of XYZ child care SRE housing market futurist culture growth of sydney names not-for-profit census holiday