Drinking juice straight from the carton, snooping through people’s pictures on Facebook as well as watching daytime TV shows like Bargain Hunt and Jeremy Kyle have been named among Brit’s top 50 guilty pleasures.
Researchers found almost nine in ten regularly treat ourselves to a guilty pleasure – with the average adult indulging in a little bit of what they fancy, up to four times a week.
Drinking juice straight from the carton, snooping through people’s pictures on Facebook and watching daytime TV shows like Bargain Hunt and Jeremy Kyle also made the list.
Researchers also found we sneakily enjoy curling up with a cuppa when we should be doing the chores, listening to cheesy pop and eating Nutella out of the jar.
Rachel Turner, from Tetley, which commissioned the research to launch the new Tetley Indulgence range, said: “In an increasingly busy and pressure-laden world, it’s important to indulge now and then.
“Whether it’s a little bit of luxury, a little bit naughty or something you wouldn’t want anyone else to know about.
“After all, life would be boring if we didn’t indulge occasionally.”
The poll of 2,000 adults found an extra scoop of ice cream or slice of cake is the most common guilty pleasure to indulge in, followed by ordering a takeaway in when you can’t be bothered to cook or popping on a Disney film as an adult which reminds us of our childhood.
Falling asleep in front of the TV or at the cinema came fourth while watching Netflix or boxsets all day came fifth.
An extra tea break when you should be working, ordering enough food in to feed more people than you need to and stealing soaps and toiletries from hotels also feature.
Staying in your pajamas all day and having a whole pack of biscuits with a cup of tea completed the top ten.
A pre-flight beer at breakfast time in the departure lounge also made the list along with watching cat videos on YouTube and covertly viewing the next episode of a box set ahead of your partner.
Other guilty pleasures Brits like to indulge in include going back to bed on a Sunday afternoon, eating a stash of sweets or chocolate which are meant to be for the kids and going to the pub straight after the gym.
It also emerged food and drink form the basis of most of our guilty pleasures, while catching up on TV and films also feature highly.
But one in three admit they kept their activity private from those closest to them, with almost 18 per cent going as far as to say they are embarrassed by their secret indulgences.
Almost one in five have been left red-faced after someone found out about one of their guilty pleasures with 22 per cent of those trying to cover it up, despite being caught in the act.
Rachel Turner from Tetley Indulgence range added: “For all those who love indulging; we’ve made having your normal cuppa a little more luxurious, with a range of decadent flavoured black teas such as Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Mint.
“We know that people love to indulge occasionally but over 40% of people say that indulgent drinks are often too calorific to have too often.
“So, when there’s only time for a bit of luxury or a smidgen of something special –this brew is the perfect solution – all the pleasure without any guilt – only 2 calories per cup.”
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