The average person in the UK apologises eight times a day. Surely there can’t be that many things which we do wrong each day. It seems there probably aren’t. In fact, a study commissioned by the chocolate biscuit bar PiCKUP! found that 88% of Brits admit to regularly apologising for things which aren’t their fault.
So what kind of things are we apologising for?
The study found that 57% of people would apologise if someone walked into them, 33% of people would say sorry if they had to ask a colleague to do something at work, and 25% of people even said that they’d say sorry if someone stood on their foot. Possibly the strangest find was that 7% of those surveyed said that they had said sorry after someone hit their car!
Is apologising such a bad thing though?
Perhaps not. The study found that Brits are quick to judge those who don’t say sorry and that they’re more likely to trust people who apologise.
It’s not always the best reaction it’s true. After all, an apology is generally seen as an acceptance of liability, and if something like a car crash wasn’t your fault, then saying sorry and seemingly saying it was your responsibility isn’t great. On the whole, you could have worse habits than just a tendency to say sorry.