Nearly Half of Americans Plan to Spend Money on their April Fools’ Day Prank

Thirty-seven percent of men and 31 percent of women will shell out cash for their April pranks.

The joke might be on you this April Fools’ Day, as a recent GOBankingRates survey revealed 31 percent of respondents plan to prank someone. More than 1,000 people participated in the survey, sharing who will be on the receiving end of their practical joke and how much it will cost to execute the plan.

April Fools’ Day pranks include both kids’ jokes and adult jokes, so no one is too young or old to be targeted. Find out how much people are planning to spend on April Fool’s pranks this year and who will be the focus of their trickery.

Most April Fools’ Day Pranks Will Be Played on Family Members

Count on your loved ones to have your back anytime but April Fools’ Day, as 44 percent of pranksters cite family members as their aim. At 39 percent of the vote, friends are the runner-up, and 26 percent of people plan to prank their significant other.

Surprisingly, the vast majority of pranksters plan to keep things professional at the office. Only 17 percent of people are plotting April jokes against co-workers and a mere 7 percent are going after their bosses — perhaps not to hurt their chances at a big raise.

When it comes to spending money on April pranks, there’s a sharp divide. Nearly half — 47 percent — of pranksters revealed they’ll have to pay up to pull off their jokes. Of those shelling out cash, 34 percent plan to spend less than $24.99, 7 percent have budgeted $25 to $49.99, and 2 percent will devote more than $50 to the cause. A small number — 4 percent — will spend $100 or more to dupe another.

Older Adults Pull the Fewest April Fools’ Pranks — But Spend the Most

Only 15 percent of people age 65 and older plan to engage in April jokes this year, but many going for it are sparing no expense. Twenty percent of this age group reported the cost to do their joke as $75 or more. April Fools’ Day jokes performed by those in the 55 to 64 age group will cost the least, as 64 percent plan to spend nothing at all on their pranks.

The most mischievous group is 18-to-24-year-olds, with 35 percent plotting April Fools’ Day pranks. Most — 65 percent — plan to prank their friends. Watch out if you fall into this age group, because 21 percent of respondents claim they had to hand over some cash due to April Fools’ Day jokes played on them.

Everyone but those in the 18-to-24-year-old category is most likely to prank a family member. However, it’s worth noting that 25-to-34-year-olds have the highest number of pranks planned on their significant other at 36 percent, many of whom will likely have to find creative, meaningful ways to say, “I love you,” come April 2.

Men Spend the Most on April Fools’ Day Pranks

Your chances of being pranked by a man or woman on April Fools’ Day are about equal — 32 percent to 29 percent, respectively — but men are more willing to spend money for a laugh.  More than half of men — 53 percent — will devote at least some cash to their April pranks, compared with only 38 percent of women.

Interestingly, most men — 49 percent — plan to target their friends with April Fools’ Day jokes, while 50 percent of women have their sights set on family members. Women also have more April pranks planned against their significant others than men, with a respective 29 percent to 23 percent divide.

Men and women are also just about equally likely to be the recipient of an April Fools’ Day joke that costs them money. This has happened to 17 percent of men and 15 percent of women, proving no one is immune to pricey April jokes.

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Methodology: Survey conducted by Survata, an independent research firm. Survata interviewed 1,023 adults ages 18 and older from March 3, 2017, to March 7, 2017. No monetary compensation was given.