The Yawn of a New Day

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According to a new survey by Harris Interactive and Diet Pepsi MAX, 55 percent of Americans yawn at least five times a day, with 28 percent admitting to yawning 10 or more times a day.

While yawning at work is common, the survey also revealed a few surprising facts about yawning etiquette, yawning in the workplace and just yawning in general.

  • Half of all respondents (58 percent) have yawned in a meeting.
  • Nearly one-in-five Americans feel embarrassed having yawned at work.
  • Nearly half (42 percent) find it offensive when someone yawns in the middle of a conversation.
  • About 18 percent of respondents has faked a yawn to get out of a conversation.
  • Nearly one-in-ten Americans has even yawned on a job interview.

Yawning etiquette

  • One-in-ten respondents not only failed to cover their mouth, but their lack of etiquette led to a bug flying into their mouth.
  • Nearly one-third (29 percent) attempt to stifle their yawn.
  • Twenty-four percent are proud and loud yawners and make a sound.
  • Nearly half (45 percent) of all New Yorkers surveyed say they apologize after yawning and cover their mouths (78 percent) compared to 31 percent who apologize in Los Angeles and cover their mouths (61 percent).
  • Eighty-five percent of respondents believe excessive yawning shouldn’t have professional repercussions.

Political Drowiness

  • Twenty-three percent of Washington, D.C. residents cite "socializing and staying out late" as the reason they feel tired during the day at work.
  • Nationally, 56 percent of those who consider themselves Democrats claim to have caught someone sleeping at work. But, 43 percent of Republicans said the same.
  • Democrats are more than twice as likely as Republicans to be embarrassed about yawning at work (25 percent to 11 percent).
  • Democrats are also more likely than Republicans to be offended by someone yawning in the middle of a conversation (46 percent to 39 percent).

Note: These results are from the "Diet Pepsi MAX Yawn of Time" survey. These results do not reflect CeeBee’s political views or opinons.

One Comment
  1. It’s actually pretty interesting that they commissioned a real survey for this. I have worked on Harris Interactive surveys before, and it is the real deal. (And very expensive to implement!)

    Check out the website that goes along with the survey, too – a lot of thought went into this:

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