"According to a recent online survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Ravensburger, nearly half (48%) of American adults enjoy puzzling at least once a year; that is, jiqsaw puzzles meant for adults (e.g., those that have 500+ pieces), including one in five who say they puzzle monthly/weekly/daily (19%). Those mostly likely to enjoy puzzling at least monthly include men (24% vs. 14% of women), younger adults (34% of 18 - 34-year-olds vs. 10% of those ages 55+), and those with children living at home (28% vs. 15% of those with no kids). On the other hand, 52% of American adults say that they puzzle less than one a year to never."
"According to the Q3 2018 Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report from leading global information company The NPD Group, overall total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $9.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018 (July-Sept.), an increase of 24% compared to the same time period last year."
"Around the globe, people are more likely to think that their access to healthy and quality food will increase in the future, but that it will come at a price, according to a new Global Advisor survey from Ipsos. Those surveyed are more than twice as likely to say that the costs of food will get worse in the future than believe it will improve."
"Americans are becoming less reliant on physical currency, reports Pew Research. Roughly three-in-ten U.S. adults (29%) say they make no purchases using cash during a typical week, up slightly from 24% in 2015. And the share who say that all or almost all of their weekly purchases are made using cash has modestly decreased, from 24% in 2015 to 18% today, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that comes as some businesses experiment with becoming cashless establishments."
Are you making a New Year's resolution for 2019? While many people set goals to get healthy in the new year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Pet Food Institute (PFI) encourage pet owners to proactively review their pet's health in 2019, as well.
"The share of Americans who use ride-hailing services has increased dramatically, reports Pew Research Center. Today, 36% of U.S. adults say they have ever used a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in fall 2018. By comparison, just 15% of Americans said they had used these services in late 2015, and one-third had never heard of ride-hailing before."
"In-vehicle technology has significantly increased in importance to vehicle shoppers over the last four years. In fact, vehicle tech now ranks ahead of exterior styling when it comes to deciding which car to buy. The Cox Automotive Vehicle Tech Features Study can help OEMs and dealers more effectively target in-market shoppers, close more sales and upsell tech features to new and existing customers."
Flu season is back, and it can cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in sick days and lost productivity if not carefully managed in an office environment or workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
New research from Parks Associates shows the prospect of saving money, either through reduced household bills or a discount on insurance premiums, raises the interest in smart home devices among 60% of the U.S. broadband households that do not own and do not intend to purchase a smart home device.
Fort Mason Games, a female-led gaming company that designs mobile games to help players relax and de-stress, announced survey results in honor of National Download Day. National Download Day marks the time period when the most apps are downloaded in the entire year; as Americans get smartphones for holiday gifts, they often re-download their apps and broaden their horizons with new ones. Fort Mason Games' larger mission is to revolutionize mobile games, fostering connection and collaboration instead of competition.
Tax refunds continue to play an important role for many consumers when it comes to paying holiday debt. In a recent survey conducted by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 41% taxpayers polled revealed that they look forward to their tax refund to pay holiday bills. The same survey showed that the youngest taxpaying generation, Generation Z, is the most likely to use their tax refund to repay holiday debt, with 63% reporting that they look forward to their tax refund to pay holiday bills.
Homeowners looking to add personality and individuality to their home are more likely to undertake a do-it-yourself remodel than hire a professional, according to the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report: DIY. The report also shows that cash-strapped millennials are the most likely of any generation to take on a DIY project.