BRITS are increasingly resorting to fake broadband outages to get away from working at home.
A poll this week found the frequency with which people pretend to have a shady connection to avoid things has increased by 50 percent since the pandemic began.
It comes as the UK hits the second anniversary of lockdown today, with Britons more reliant than ever on their home broadband.
Getting sick (34 percent) remains the most common excuse for leaving work, but one in eight (12 percent) now points their finger at their router to avoid unwanted activity, according to figures from Broadband Service Plusnet.
Those who admitted to using the excuse said they had done so more than five times on average since March 2020.
Before the first Covid-19 lockdown, the average was 3.5 times.
Research shows work is the best thing Brits are using their broadband crash as an excuse to get out.
17 percent of respondents used it to bypass online meetings with their boss.
Others used it to skip gym classes, virtual quizzes with family or friends, awkward online dates, and online job interviews that were going poorly.
Plusnet also found that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of people admit their home broadband connection is so reliable that it rarely crashes.
One in five said they wished it crashed more.
Sales manager Ronan Collins, 25, from Waterloo, London, said he attributed his late start to work to his broadband connection to get an extra hour of sleep the day after a Six Nations rugby match.
He said: “I’m usually a very honest person but when my colleague set up a video call at 8:30am on Monday after Six Nations rugby, I knew I needed an extra hour in bed.
“If this had happened before remote work I would have had to face the music, but instead I managed to sneak an extra half hour of recovery sleep by saying my broadband was down.
“I woke up feeling a little better and worked a few extra hours that evening.
“My broadband connection at home is very reliable, but for my Monday morning meetings I definitely wish it were a little less reliable from time to time.”
Joanna Carman, Director at Plusnet, said: “We’ve all been tricked into doing things we’d rather not do, but with fast and reliable broadband available, consumers need to be more creative with their excuses.
“Now technology is making the world easier – gone are the days when unreliable home broadband was holding you back. Plusnet broadband is so easy to use, you just plug in and go.”
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