(KSNF)— If you need a moment away from family during the holidays, you’re not alone, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 Americans who are traveling to visit family for the holidays found respondents can spend an average of three hours and 54 minutes with their family before needing a moment to themselves.
According to the survey, 75% of respondents will hit a point where they need time away from the crowd. They can be creative in their ways of escaping — 1 in 4 has hidden in a relative’s house to take a moment alone, while 37% have gone so far as to make an excuse and leave the house altogether.
Of those surveyed, 95% believe it’s important to spend the holidays with family, and 2 in 5 of those planning to stay with family admit that it can be a stressful experience.
The average respondent is staying with family for 3 1/2 days this holiday season –- but the sleeping arrangements might be one reason they’re not staying longer. When hosting family, nearly 40% say finding sleeping arrangements is one of the most stressful parts of preparing for guests.
That could be because there’s not enough space for everyone. Respondents report an average of two people will end up sleeping on something other than a bed this holiday season.
When staying with family, the top concerns were found to be a lack of privacy (22%), family getting on your nerves (20%), and drama between family members (20%). That’s in addition to feeling like they’re imposing (19%) and having the house be too loud or busy (18%).