Australians love a beverage. And on a night out, it’s a common sight to see people taking turns to buy rounds of drinks for the group.
But new research from ME Bank shows that most Australians – 86 per cent of us – don’t actually want to do this.
According to the Shout Doubt survey of 1,000 Aussie drinkers, the two most commonly cited reason for not wanting to shout drinks was that it forces people to spend more (78 per cent) and they feel it’s “financially unfair” (70 per cent).
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Why is it ‘unfair’?
More than half of those surveyed reckon that the favour isn’t really returned, believing that their mates consistently avoid or delay returning the shout.
Meanwhile, two-in-five Aussies think people seize the opportunity to order more expensive drinks when someone else is shouting.
Nearly two-in-three (58 per cent) have wanted to opt out of a shout, but nearly half found it difficult because they felt the expectation to do so and 30 per cent didn’t want to look cheap.
It seems Australians’ purse strings are getting tighter: compared to a similar survey two years ago, the sense of the unfairness of it all has gotten stronger, with 56 per cent of Aussies lamenting the unfairness of shouting a round compared to this year’s 70 per cent.
But despite all this, it doesn’t mean Aussies have actually stopped shouting rounds. The top reasons for persisting is that we’re sticklers for tradition (30 per cent), we do it for the camaraderie (25 per cent) and to be generous (24 per cent).
“There are positive social benefits to shouting your mates a drink; but it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to shouting etiquette,” ME Bank money expert Matthew Read said.
“We all have that one friend who is nowhere to be found when it comes to their round.”
Half of Aussies who drink have bought drinks without being asked, and they probably had the favour returned, with 94 per cent of us agreeing the right thing to do is to buy one back.
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