More than a third of adults would prefer to NEVER know someone’s name than ask them to repeat it again.
A study of 2,000 adults found almost a fifth consider themselves ‘too polite’ to ask someone a question more than once.
Around 35 per cent feel it’s rude to ask for instructions to be repeated and 23 per cent even claim to be too respectful of others to ask a favour.
But this reserved attitude means millions of adults are struggling to get things right with three in 10 admitting they are rarely able to follow orders and commands fully if given only once.
Chris Logan, managing director of Crystal Ski Holidays, which commissioned the research, said: “As a nation, it’s almost second nature to be polite, and asking someone to repeat themselves can come across as rude – even when we really need a reminder.
“But our study found this lack of confidence can have a real negative impact on our personal growth and development.
“In fact, it’s something that can stop people learning new skills, like skiing or snowboarding or other sports and activities, as Brits can be too embarrassed to admit they don’t understand or can’t follow instructions.
“Sometimes it’s better to build up the courage and go against your natural instinct to be polite.
“It could end up so much worse – and possibly even more embarrassing – by making a mistake because you were too afraid to ask.”
The study also found more than a third of adults are often too embarrassed to ask for instructions to be repeated, while 27 per cent feel too awkward.
As a result, more than a quarter won’t ask for a refresher on how someone likes their tea when doing a round.
And others are unable to recall directions, requests from their boss or a health and safety instructions – but won’t pluck up the courage to ask a second time.
It also emerged almost half of adults agreed politeness is a typically British trait, along with apologising profusely, and a willingness to queue for hours on end.
Sarcasm, a stiff upper lip and avoiding sitting next to someone on public transport at all costs also featured among the list of classic British attributes.
Three quarters would describe themselves as ‘typically British’, and rates their politeness a 7.5 out of 10, on average.
However, one in 10 reckon their British ways have been a hindrance to their life so far, as they are unable to reach out and ask for help.
Nearly half lack the confidence to take on a new challenge in life, and six in 10 would be more likely to try something different if they could do it with a friend by their side.
As such, one in seven don’t reckon they’ll achieve any of their future goals in the next three years.
Learning another language, being able to confidently build flat-pack furniture or learning how to ski are just some of the new desires Brits have shown an interest in.
However, 55 per cent reckon you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – as the older you are, the more difficult it is to learn new skills.
A further 37 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, cite time as a barrier to learning something new, while 21 per cent worry they might not be able to do it.
And 47 is considered the age at which enhancing your knowledge is no longer possible.
A spokesman for Crystal Ski added: “We don’t think it is ever too late to learn a new skill – and enjoy every minute of it.
“Age is definitely just a number, there are adults on the ski slopes in their eighties and nineties, still learning new tricks every day.
“There are ways and means to learn something new, even if you are too polite to ask for instructions to be repeated and can’t digest everything you are told first time round.”
For those willing to learn something new, but too polite to ask for help or instruction, Crystal Ski Holidays have introduced online ‘learn to ski’ and ‘learn to snowboard’ videos