Q: 40% of Canadians say that they don’t have what it takes to do this and will go to great lengths to avoid doing this. What is it?
A: Meeting new people.
At a time when it’s never been easier to connect with someone new, a new Ipsos survey for EXCEL Gum has found that many Canadians are missing out on the opportunity to do just that. Four in ten (40%) agree (11% strongly/29% somewhat) they lack confidence in social situations, and many go to great lengths to avoid them.
Socializing isn’t always a priority for Canadians: half (53%) agree (19% strongly/35% somewhat) that sometimes they would rather stay home than meet up with their friends – peaking among those aged 25-34 (66%), 18-24 (62%) and 35-44 (62%).
Younger Canadians seem to lack confidence the most when it comes to social situations. Among those aged 18 to 24, sometimes referred to as Generation Z, more than half (55%) agree they lack confidence in social situation, making them the least confident of all generations polled. Seven in ten (70%) say they’re uncomfortable in situations where there are a lot of people they don’t know – well ahead of the national average of 53% who agree (19% strongly/33% somewhat).