Here's How Long Your New Year's Resolutions Will Actually Last
A new study has spilled the tea on our New Year's Resolution commitments, and the results are SPICY.
The New Year, Same You? study quizzed about 2000 adults in the UK on the success -- or failure -- of their resos from 2018 to gauge how long this year's might last.
From quitting smoking to hitting the gym more or donating to charity, people made a ton of promises to themselves and then *surprise* broke them just as quickly.
Off the back of these insights, it looks like a solid 50 percent of people who pledge to quit smoking in 2019 will be back on the ciggies by February.
Despite the stigma, new gym goers will fare better, with their 'new year, new me' resolve lasting far longer.
Abstaining from alcohol will prove much tougher than hitting a spin class, as will maintaining promises to give back to charity.
In fact, the first two weeks of January will reportedly see one in ten people throw in the towel. Despite this, almost half will have made exactly the same resolution as the year before. Okaaaay then.
Here's a breakdown of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, in order of how quickly they're ditched by February.
Soz guys, but almost half of smokers who resolve to give up are expected to light up by the first week of February. Must be all those New Year's celebrations, right?
There is some good news. Although the rate of those who quit, well ... quitting will increase from February onwards, it should remain steady -- between 60 and 70 percent -- for the remainder of the year.
This suggests that those who make it past the tricky first few weeks may have a better chance of kicking the darts for good.
People aiming to cut down on grog -- or stop drinking altogether -- face the second biggest challenge.
While many aim to have a dry January, the study predicts that 37 percent will pick up the bottle again by the end of the month.
Almost a quarter of people won't even make it two weeks, while only half will remain on the wagon by mid-March. Cheers!
Righteousness is no guarantee of perseverance either. Those who promise to donate more to charity over the year have the third highest quitting rate by February, according to the study.
Exactly one in three -- that's 33 percent -- who pledge to donate more to charity are expected to either give up on the thought or cancel their payments after a month.
People who promise to shake up their diet are fourth in the quitting line, so says the study, with 30 percent of 'clean eaters' predicted to have succumbed to pizza by February.
By May, just under half are still likely to be sipping kale smoothies and saying 'no thanks' to dessert.
Those who plan to get to bed on time should fare slightly better, with a comparatively small 26 percent drop off rate forecasted for February.
Half will still be sleeping soundly by October, according to the report.
Hitting the gym
If you're after a reso with staying power, working up a sweat might be it.
While 50 percent of people who pledged to ditch smoking will be puffing away by February, the study reckons that just one in five or 22 percent of new gym bunnies will have bailed on their memberships.
In fact, it will likely take until the middle of September for half to throw in their workout towels for good.
One bit of good news to come out of the study is that we're really rather good at being tight-arses.
It's thought that just under 20 percent of people who make saving money their top priority will blow their budget by February.
More than half are expected to still be saving their pennies before the year is out, making it one of the longest-lasting New Year's resos.
Battle of the sexes
When it comes to which gender will be most committed to their New Year's pledges, the study's predictions are a mixed bag.
On the whole, men are expected to be more successful at staying off cigarettes than women, with 52 percent of gents compared with 50 percent of ladies predicted to remain faithful to their reso by February.
The majority of ladies will fall off the wagon months before men -- 50 percent of women are likely to have broken their sobriety by late February compared with 40 percent of men.
Women will stay committed to improving their sleeping habits for far longer than men. Half of blokes will likely give up by the end of April, while three-quarters of ladies will still be going strong.
It's predicted that women will also stick to their promise to be more sociable for longer than men, with 46 percent of men staying home by mid-May compared with 35 percent of women.
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