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Irish people brag and exaggerate most about their holidays

A new survey finds that Irish bosses are losing as much as €14 million annually due to the time employees spend bragging about their holidays.

THE TIME SPENT re-living what you got up to whilst on holiday this summer could be costing Irish bosses as much as €14 million according to a new survey.

A ‘What’s the Story’ survey by, the travel and leisure retailer, has found that Irish holiday-makers spend on average 26 minutes each sharing holiday tales with 29 per cent of people here also admitting to exaggerating or lying when recounting their stories.

Over 10,000 people across nine European countries were surveyed as part of the study including just over a thousand people in Ireland.

Irish people were found to be the most chatty when it came to recounting their holiday experiences but it is estimated that this is costing bosses as much as €14 million based on the average hourly wage, which is €21.80 according to the CSO.

The time of 26 minutes which Irish people spend recounting what they got up to on their holliers compares to 19 minutes in Norway.

This graphic illustrates just how we measure up compared to the other European nations surveyed:

The survey also found that Irish people engage in more than a little exaggeration when recounting their holiday tales, with 29 per cent of those surveyed in Ireland admitting that they lie or exaggerate about how their holiday went. This compares to 13 per cent in France.

This Pinnochio-esque graph lays out how Ireland compares to other European countries when it comes to bragging habits:

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