• New research commissioned by Uber Eats has found that 74% of Australians are suffering from FOHPO or Fear of Having People Over.
  • The new phenomenon has emerged as we open up our homes again, only to realise we feel out of practice with hosting guests
  • To help alleviate the worries of 68% of people who say they are likely to forget items when hosting, Uber Eats is offering a whopping 50% off* grocery delivery orders (excluding fees) placed through the Uber Eats app until midnight on Monday November 15th. Service Fee and Delivery Fees apply. See T&Cs for details.

New research released today from Uber Eats has revealed that 7 in 10 Australians are suffering from a new phenomenon – FOHPO – the Fear Of Having People Over.

The research conducted by Censuswide has shown that 40% of Aussies suffer from FOHPO at least once a week, with a third (33%) saying these feelings have increased post the lockdowns. 

Characterised by a number of concerns, FOHPO symptoms include being worried about being generally underprepared (34%), not having enough food (26%) and being surprised by a guest’s new dietary requirement (13%).

A quarter of us claim to feel ‘out of practice’ hosting guests, and two in three Aussies (68%) admit that they are likely to forget items when having people over. The most frequently forgotten items include snacks (25%), soft drinks (20%), and alcohol (17%). Items that are available through the Uber Eats app.

To help alleviate FOHPO and get people out of a last minute pickle, Uber Eats has launched a special tile on its app to help Aussies get that missing crucial ingredient or quick pantry top up at home. 

Launched yesterday on World Pickle Day, Uber Eats is also offering a whopping 50% off* in-app grocery delivery orders (excluding fees) until midnight on Monday 15 Nov by typing in the code PICKLE in the promotions section. That’s enough to “pickle” anyone’s fancy.

Uber Eats, Regional General Manager for Grocery and Retail, Lucas Groeneveld says:

“After months of only cooking for ourselves, this research has confirmed just how out of practice we are when it comes to having people over again, with many of us finding ourselves in need of some quick back-up – whether it’s a missing ingredient, a cold drink or carpet cleaner to get that last minute stain out. 

“Our message to Aussies who are jumping back in the saddle and playing host is – if you’re in a pickle just jump on the Uber Eats app and get that forgotten item delivered to your door and if you do it today we’ll give you 50 percent off* your grocery order (excluding fees) if you enter the code PICKLE in the promotions tab of our app.”

Psychologist,  Sabina Read says:

“After so long in lock-down and having lived with social restrictions, many of us are wondering how it will be when we finally invite friends into our home. 

We may be doubting our ability to prepare a tasty feast for more than our household, questioning our capacity to socialise, feeling anxious about being in the company of groups, or feeling a growing sense of impostor syndrome when we think about hosting like we used to.”

About the research

The research was carried out by Censuswide. Surveying 1000 Australians between 3 November and 8 November 2021.


Promotion T&Cs

*This offer is for 50% off items at grocery stores delivered via the Uber Eats app (Offer). Delivery Fee applies. Service Fee applies to orders delivered by Uber Eats and is based on order value (before promotion or discount). 50% off does not apply to fees. Amount equal to 50% off the order value will be applied as a promotion at checkout. To redeem this Offer, open the Uber Eats app, apply the promo code “PICKLE” to your account, search for a grocery store, add one or more items to your cart, check the Offer has been applied at checkout, and then place your order. To accept this Offer, you must successfully complete an order redeeming the Offer in accordance with these terms. You must apply the promo code before you place an order to redeem this Offer. Subject to stock availability, operating hours and availability of participating merchants in your area via the Uber Eats app. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Valid only in Australia where Uber Eats is available. Offer expires at 11:59PM AWST on 15 November 2021, unless withdrawn earlier.