With Easter just around the corner, the age-old debate regarding the nation’s differing Easter Egg eating techniques is set to resurface.
In light of the bubbling debate, psychologist Donna Dawson has worked with Asda to reveal that just like your blood type and sleeping position can reveal insights into your personality, our preferred Easter egg eating technique also reflects who we are as a person.
The research determined that 93.3% of the nation fall into five types of ‘Easter egg eaters’: Refreggerators (17.6%), Egg-sploders (28.7%), Egg-splitter (27.4%), Egg-scavators (15.4%) and Egg-stremers (4.3%).
Psychologist Donna shares the correlations between the type a person falls into and their personality:
- Refreggerators – those who chill theirs in the fridge before consuming. These are discerning, sophisticated types who have very firm ideas about what they like. They never follow the crowd, but often set trends themselves. Good manners are important to them, although they enjoy good gossip. They love luxury and they can defer their pleasure – if by waiting they can make it even better!
- Egg-sploders – those who smash theirs to smithereens. These are spontaneous, impulsive types who hate routine and who get bored easily; they are constantly on the look-out for adventure and surprise. They go at life full-tilt, letting their enthusiasm and instincts lead the way. They are impatient to reach their goals, and to experience pleasure as soon and as often as possible.
- Egg-scavators – those who break off bits of their Easter egg and eat piece by piece. According to Donna, these people are cautious, thoughtful types who are good with detail – they like to plan and anticipate consequences. They are conscientious in their jobs and caring in their relationships. They believe that pleasure should be earned – but once earned, they will enjoy every minute of it and try to stretch it out.
- Egg-splitter – these who use the seam of the egg to break or cut the egg into two halves. These are practical, no-nonsense types who excel at summing up people and situations immediately. Astute and street-wise, they have good judgement, and are often asked for advice by their friends. They aim for balance in their lives: saving up for a rainy day, but also saving/savouring some pleasure for the present.
- Egg-stremers – those who bite into their Easter eggs like an apple. These individuals are eccentric, independent types who do their own thing, without worrying what others think of them. They are noted for their original ideas, artistic flair, easy-going, tolerant nature, and wide circle of varied friends. In tune with all their senses, they will aim to create pleasure for themselves to be enjoyed ‘in the moment’.
The sound of someone eating an Easter egg is another irritating habit that bothers 1 in 4 Brits, following on from people who lick their fingers after the chocolate melts (50%). And these infuriating habits don’t look like they will change anytime soon as 83% of respondents have always eaten their eggs the same way since they were young.
Despite over half of Brits believing that the best part about Easter is spending time with family, 47% say the Easter egg hunt and eating Easter eggs are their favourites, so it’s not surprising almost half the nation eats Easter eggs in the lead up Easter, not just Easter Sunday.
Psychologist Donna Dawson told Channel Eye: ‘’As humans, we’re all wonderfully unique and individual, that’s why when it comes to age-old debates such as how you eat an Easter Egg, the nation becomes divided by opinion. Everything we do in most cases can ladder back to a deeper meaning in our character, lifestyle and personality traits, even when it comes to indulging on an Easter Egg!’’
Tahnee Holtom, Chocolate Buyer at Asda comments: ‘’We understand that everyone is unique and different, which is not only reflected in our research, but is also represented in our range of Easter Eggs. At Asda we believe in catering for everybody through great value products, and have exciting choices for all preference and personality types – whether you’re vegan, free from or a lover of any type of chocolate”.