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A new study has revealed the questions we most fear over Christmas.
‘Is marriage on the cards’, ‘are you going to get on the property ladder?’ – and ‘have you put on weight?’ are among them.
A study of 2,000 adults found four in 10 are expecting to be on the receiving end of ‘awkward questions’ from extended family and friends over the festive period.
Further feared interrogations include the timely ‘what’s your new year’s resolution’ and ‘have you got a partner yet?’.
Other dreaded questions include ‘have you got a job yet?’ and ‘when are you going to have children?’.
It also emerged three in 10 adults want to avoid discussing finances and one in five do not want to talk about their current love life or religion.
Another two in five are anticipating being asked about their personal life.
The study, commissioned by Hasbro Gaming, found that in order to avoid uncomfortable conversations many have employed tactics such as faking a phone call or hiding in the toilet.
Watching TV, escaping to another room and playing board games are also among the ways Brits will distract relatives from conversation.
“With distant family visiting at Christmas, it’s inevitable there’s going to be small talk and personal questions about your job or love life,” said Kay Green, from Hasbro Inc.
“We want to encourage Brits to fend off the festive FAQs (Family Asked Questions) this Christmas by playing one of our well-loved, classic games such as Monopoly, Cluedo or Jenga.
“We know that people are passionate about playing games and that gaming brings families together for fun, meaningful, quality time.
“It’s also a really handy technique to divert the attention away from any awkward small talk moments.”
So have you come across (or asked!) any of the top 10 most feared questions? Here are the most:
- Have you put on weight?
- What’s your new year’s resolution?
- Who are you going to vote for in the next election?
- Is marriage / engagement on the cards?
- Have you got a job yet?
- When are you going to have children?
- Have you got a boyfriend/girlfriend?
- Don’t you want another child?
- Have you lost weight?
- Have you seen the latest Christmas ads?