Plenty of people will be heading home next week to spend Thanksgiving with their families, and while we may all love our parents and siblings, a new survey finds there will come a point where we all simply need a break from them. 

The survey, conducted by Motel 6, finds:

  • 75% of people say they will at some point need a break from their families over the holidays.
  • It usually takes less than four hours (three hours and 54 minutes to be exact) for folks to need time away from the fam.
  • 20% of people say they’ve actually hidden in a family members house to get some time alone.
  • 37% have actually made up an excuse to be able to leave. 

While 95% of people believe it’s important to spend the holidays with family, the issue may be actually staying with them.

  • 40% of those who stay with family say it can be stressful.
  • 30% say holidays would be more enjoyable if the whole family didn’t stay under one roof.
  • 30% believe their family would get along better if folks had their own space.
  • With space often limited, on average two people will wind up sleeping on something that’s not a bed.

Some of the major issues caused by staying with family over the holidays include:

  • Lack of privacy (22%)
  • Getting on each other’s nerves (20%)
  • Drama between family members (20%)
  • Feeling like they’re imposing (19%)
  • The house being too busy or loud (18%) 

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