A study of 2,000 adults found 78% admitted to a minor naughty slip up this year.

In fact, the average person has committed seven misdemeanours each, with 13% admitting their naughty behaviour has increased in the past 12 months.

Brits have revealed their lockdown confessions
Brits have revealed their lockdown confessions

This included cheating during a virtual quiz (16%), giving their housemate a dodgy haircut (17%) and using someone else's Wi-Fi without permission (18%).

When it comes to working from home, more than a fifth admitted to staying in their pyjamas all day and 19% slept in when they were meant to be working.

A further 16% fibbed about their internet connection to avoid having to be on a virtual call, and almost one in 10 accidentally walked onto a call while dressed inappropriately.

Young businessman at home
A lot of people have been working in their pyjamas at home

The research, commissioned by Tesco, found that despite such confessions, 43% agreed that after this year no one should feel guilty for doing small naughty things.

Alessandra Bellini, chief customer officer at Tesco, said: "2020 has seen the nation adjust to new ways of living, working and shopping, which has led to some less than perfect, but perfectly understandable, behaviour.

"As we enter the festive season and begin to reflect on the year gone by, a quarter of us have confessed to feeling guilty for these minor slip-ups."

The study also found a tenth of parents admitted to avoiding subjects they felt they were bad at during home schooling.

Woman with eyesight problems trying to read on line content in a laptop at home
Poor internet connection is a popular excuse at home

And more than a third of the nation purchased more items than they needed when shopping.

It was the year of baking trends and 15% confessed they ate too many slices of banana bread and more than one in 20 killed their sourdough starter.

More than a fifth admitted they have done a little mischievous thing in recent months because they saw someone else doing the same.

Those most most likely to encourage naughtiness were found to be partners (35%) and friends (15%).

Dirty dishes next to the sink
Leaving dirty plates by the sink is also a confession

It also emerged that almost three quarters of adults polled via OnePoll believe as a nation we need to hear light-hearted stories this year with Christmas adverts being one of the top ways.

Alessandra added: "At Tesco, however, we believe Christmas is all about spreading joy and this year, we're encouraging everyone to forgive themselves for their naughty slip-ups.

"After the year we've had, we all deserve to treat ourselves and so we say there is no naughty list.

"But parents, we'll let you decide whether you tell your children that or not."

Top 20 lockdown confessions according to Brits:

  1. Wearing the same pair of jogging bottoms a few too many times
  2. Buying more household items/groceries/toiletries than needed at that moment in time
  3. Leaving washing up in the sink for 'someone else' to do
  4. Working in their pyjamas
  5. Having a lie in when they were meant to be working from home
  6. Forgetting their friend or relative's birthday
  7. Giving their housemate (including partner, family, child, friend, other) a dodgy haircut or style
  8. Taking salt, pepper, sauce or sugar sachets from a caf or restaurant
  9. Sitting in their car purely for peace and quiet from family or housemates
  10. Cheating on a virtual quiz with friends or colleagues
  11. Eating their children's treats, chocolate and sweets
  12. Fibbing about how much exercise they were doing
  13. Using the last of the loo roll and not replacing it
  14. Turning the TV channel over when someone else was watching something
  15. Buying the last item of a product in the supermarket when they didn't really need it
  16. Eating a bit too much banana bread
  17. Staying in bed all day while working
  18. Only dressing in work attire from the waist up while working from home
  19. Making out their internet connection wasn't working to get out of a virtual meeting
  20. Changing their background to a filter to hide that they weren't really working from home (e.g. working from the park, beach, etc)