“No longer the new kids on the block, millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. According to Pew Research Center, Generation Z, diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet, is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends.”
“For a variety of reasons (streaming media, working from home, the need to find comfort and shelter from the maddening crowd, or practicing Hygge, the Danish art of coziness) U.S. consumers are staying home. Staying home also means eating more meals at home and an increasing number of those meals are purchased from restaurants and food service outlets. In the year ending September 2018 dining at a restaurant represented 37% of all visits and remained flat compared to last year and restaurant meals consumed in-home accounted for 32% of all traffic and increased visits by 2%, reports The NPD Group.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
According to new research from the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the nonprofit consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, homework, rather than social pressure, is the number one cause of teenage stress, negatively affecting their sleep and ultimately impacting their academic performance.
A new survey conducted by travel insurance comparison site TravelInsurance.com found that even though travelers are concerned with travel disruptions and many have experienced mishaps while on vacation, fewer than half of those surveyed have purchased travel insurance. Of those who didn’t purchase travel insurance, only a third even considered it.
Treat rewards often serve as a bonding mechanism for many pet owners and their pets. As early as puppy and kittenhood, treats are typically incorporated into a pet’s daily lifestyle for positive reinforcement and training purposes. But too much positive reinforcement from treats can have negative consequences.
In a new survey by GOBankingRates.com, nearly a third of Americans expressed concern that they will not be able to pay off debt in their lifetime. Forty-four percent of Americans said that low income is the top reason for their ongoing struggle with debt. Respondents also reported that high costs of living and the cost of tuition contributed to their debt burden.
A new national survey released today reveals 20% of Americans only deep clean their homes every six months, if ever. One in three (30%) admit to not cleaning in areas out of arm’s reach (e.g. high ceilings, tops of kitchen cabinets) where unwanted dust and dander can settle and have an adverse effect the quality of the air inside a home. Additionally, a majority of those surveyed (54%) believe indoor air quality is about the same or better than outdoor air quality, failing to realize indoor air can contain more pollutants than outdoor air. In other words, our homes can be dirtier than we think.
Across the country, people are largely happy with their current homes, and would rather stay in them and make updates than move. The latest Zillow Housing Aspirations Report finds that 76% of Americans would rather use a set amount of money to upgrade their home to meet their needs instead of as a down payment on a new home.