How Long It Takes People to Get Sick of Their Families Over the Holidays

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.

Three-quarters will hit a point where they need time away from the crowd, and results revealed that respondents can be creative in their ways of escaping.

One in four of those surveyed have hidden in a relative’s house to take a moment alone, while 37 percent have gone so far as to make an excuse and leave the house altogether.

Commissioned byMotel 6and conducted by OnePoll, the survey examined the delicate balance between wanting to spend time with family, but also needing a bit of space.

Ninety-five percent of respondents believe it’s important to spend the holidays with family, and two in five of those planning to stay with family admit that it can be a stressful experience.

The top reasons respondents stay with family are because it allows them to spend quality time together (60 percent), they enjoy it (53 percent) and because it’s cheaper/convenient (47 percent).