Most young Americans prefer Friendsgiving over the real deal
Does the prospect of yet another passive aggressive comment from your mother in law about how you’ve cooked the turkey fill you with dread? Or maybe you have to shovel pumpkin pie into your mouth just to avoid starting an argument with your semi-racist uncle.
Well, if you would secretly much rather celebrate Friendsgiving than Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. Most young Americans actually prefer celebrating with their buddies over the traditional family holiday — seven out of 10 young people, in fact.
New research from a poll of 2,000 Americans aged 18 to 38 discovered that 68% would actually choose Friendsgiving as their preferred celebration.
Sixty-two percent of people polled said they don’t like hosting or even going to a traditional Thanksgiving.
The research was conducted by OnePoll and Sabra. It found that 58% of the pro-Friendsgiving people said it was because they get to avoid personal questions from the fam. Two in five said it was because they didn’t have to bite their tongue at the dinner table, and just under 40% said Friendsgiving means they don’t have to worry about offending a relative.
So it’s no surprise that just under a third of the people surveyed said they’re planning on hosting their own Friendsgiving this year.
The survey did also find that while lots of Americans are opting for the newer Friendsgiving, they still want traditional dishes at the meal. Many Friendsgivings are pot-luck style.
The survey found that the top five dishes for a successful Friendsgiving are:
1) Turkey: 54 percent
2) Mashed potatoes: 45 percent
3) Sweet potatoes: 39 percent
4) Beef tenderloin: 39 percent
5) Gravy: 36 percent
Where do you stand on the Thanksgiving vs Friendsgiving debate? Let me know in the comments.