Top things that make people anxious at parties

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The fear of somebody you don’t like showing up at the same party you’re at ranks as the №1 “party-xiety,” according to new research.

A recent poll of 2,000 Americans also revealed that wanting to leave but not knowing how and feeling like you’re not fitting in were among the top three anxieties people had at parties.

In fact, the average American party-goer knows within the first 10 minutes of showing up to a party whether they’ll be calling it an early night.

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Avocados From Mexico, also revealed that over three in four Americans (78%) said they know immediately upon entering a party if they’re actually going to have a good time.

The average American who participated in the survey says it takes them 14 minutes to actually relax at a party and start to enjoy themselves, while 63% said that every party they go to has at least one person they’d like to avoid.

That prompts the question: Is it rude to ask the party host who will be attending in the first place? According to the results: yes, it is.

That doesn’t stop one in three Americans polled from “always” asking the host anyway, with only 16% saying they will never ask.

With the Big Game around the corner, the survey found some interesting data for potential party hosts.

When it comes to hosting Big Game parties, party-goers should strive to make a strong first impression — 47% of those polled said they can tell immediately upon showing up at a party whether or not they’re going to bail at halftime.

The food and snacks better be on par, as seven in 10 Americans said they care more about the food at the watch party than the actual game itself.

“As one of the greatest avocado consumption days of the year, it’s no surprise that consumers expect guacamole at their watch parties,” said Kevin Hamilton, head of brand marketing, PR & strategy at Avocados From Mexico. “In fact, almost half of consumers judge party hosts for not having guacamole.”

And results show nearly half say they’ve left a Big Game watch party prematurely because the food was sub-par.

So, the question becomes, is the Big Game the biggest food holiday of the year? Seventy-seven percent of Americans polled say they eat more during the game than Thanksgiving.

“No matter your party-xieties, I think everyone can agree that guacamole will be a welcomed guest,” said Hamilton.

1. Somebody I don’t like showed up 32%
2. Want to leave but can’t figure out how 31%
3. I’m not fitting in 30%
4. I don’t know anybody but the host 30%
5. I’m not having any fun 30%
6. Worried nobody is eating the food I brought 27%
7. Worried nobody is drinking the drink I brought 27%
8. Worried that somebody I don’t like might show up 26%
9. Too worried about driving home to enjoy myself 21%
10. No food or drink I like 21%

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