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Bank Holiday Brits Prefer Games To Sex, Poll Shows

24/05/2013 15:34 BST | Updated 01/04/2015 15:59 BST

Brits favour a different kind of button pushing over the bank holiday weekend, according to new research which suggests people prefer gaming to sex.

In the new poll, 39% of Brits named gaming as the third most popular bank holiday pastime, ahead of spending ‘quality time’ with their partner (30%).

For most, the priority is spending time with family, which more than half the population plan to do this weekend, and just over half also plan to spend their day off catching up with TV and films.

Fred Prego, Insights and Rewards Director for GAME who conducted the survey said: “With the bank holiday weather expected to be typically miserable, who can blame people for preferring to stay indoors rather than venture out into the chill.”

But gamers aren't seduced by the newest titles on the high street, with those surveyed naming their top game as 90s classic Sonic the Hedghog, Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros.

According to the weather channel, Saturday will be partly cloudy with sunny spells in the south and clearer and sunny in the north. Sunday looks like a fine day for England and Wales with plenty of sunshine and light breezes.

And even the forecast for Bank Holiday Monday is looking better for SE England and East Anglia. A front will move across western Britain through the day, but slower than earlier forecasts, with rain in Scotland, NW England Wales and SW England.

By Tuesday though some very wet weather for southern Britain looks likely, while the north remains fine.