A new TripAdvisor survey sheds light on the common faux pas.
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Vacation is composed of many things: Amazing cultural attractions, delightful al fresco dining, museums galore, to name a few.

Unfortunately, traveling also means waiting in lots of lines. Long ones, short ones, we-should-have-gotten-here-at-8:00am-ones. "No one wants to spend their hard-earned vacation time waiting in line, but by ignoring the ability to book online ahead-of-time, we put ourselves in that exact situation. The average person spends two to three days a year stuck in line," says TripAdvisor's Laurel Greatrix in a company statement. But..."Travelers can remedy this easily — they can book more than 100,000 experiences, tours and activities in advance on TripAdvisor, including many which come with Skip the Line options," as Greatrix notes.

To learn more about line-waiting, TripAdvisor commissioned Professor Adrian Furnham of the Norwegian Business School to conduct research on the phenomenon. Looking at poll responses from 1,000 individuals across America, the results found that 71% of Americans claim they've never cut a line. Interestingly, Generation Z (18 to 24-year-olds) was found to be over three times more likely to cut a line than Baby Boomers, 51% compared to 16% respectively. Accordingly, while 64% of Baby Boomers called line-cutting the height of bad manners, only 22% of Generation Z shared that sentiment.

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The survey also looked at line-skipping by region and yielded some interesting findings. While West Coast residents may have the reputation for being laid-back, they were the biggest culprits of line-cutting in the survey, with 34% of respondents admitting they've done it.

Meanwhile, 73% of Southeasterners, which the survey defined as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, claim to have never skipped a line. But if they commit the crime? 25% go for the "chat-and-cut" technique to hobnob their way up to the front — Southern charm turned way up — of course.