Millions of Brits are avoiding members of their family and friends who don’t stick to the coronavirus rules on social distancing and hand-washing, a study shows.
New research by nutritional supplement company, FutureYou Cambridge, has found that 85 per cent of Brits would think twice about meeting up with friends and family they suspect of not following the guidelines, and one in five have had arow over risky behaviour.
Friends and family will find themselves with fewer dates in the diary with over a third (38 per cent) saying they would challenge friends and family on any behaviour that they disagreed with such as not wearing masks – with 1 in 5 even having rows with people over a difference in attitudes.
Millennial Brits are even more likely to challenge friends and family with almost half (46 per cent) saying they would fall out with someone. Over a quarter (28 per cent) are also prepared to lock horns with their social circle if they were to find out they were not following government guidelines.
Hugging and shaking hands between family and friends has also fallen out of fashion since coronavirus came around with 48 per cent saying they do much less of this – meaning hugging could soon just be a social norm of the past.
FutureYou Cambridge conducted the research to see how our attitudes have changed towards our own health and immune system since lockdown began and what effect this has had on our relationships.
Adam Cleevely, CEO of the company said, “It’s sad to hear that strained family tensions are being stretched by differences in attitudes to staying safe and that that only half of us now hug and shake hands with our family and friends. But it’s reassuring to learn that nearly two thirds of those questioned are now taking more interest in their own physical health and the different ways to support their immunity .”