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SMART NEW YEAR: Study finds QUARTER of smartphone-mad Brits plan to give up phone time for 2019

  • Researchers surveyed 2,000 Brits to find out the resolutions they had for the New Year

Spend less time on social media, switch from smoking to vaping, be more sociable and READ more, have emerged among a definitive list of the nation’s top New Year’s resolutions for 2019, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 British adults to uncover the resolutions we’ll be trying to stick to in 2019, with around a QUARTER of smart-phone-mad Brits (24 percent) resolving to spend less time glued to their phones this year.

Pledges which made the 2019 list included hitting 10,000 steps on a fitness tracker every day (11 percent), not using a smart phones after 9pm in the evening (10 percent) and swapping smoking for vaping (9 percent).

However many traditional New Year’s resolutions were still popular, with ‘going on a diet’ (31 percent) topping the list, followed by ‘doing more exercise’ (25 percent) and ‘saving money’ (23 percent).

The research also discovered that three quarters (73 percent) of the nation make resolutions every year – with the average Brit making at least 3.

And, in something of a surprise, our resolutions might last longer than you’d think. Around a third of those polled (30 percent) claimed they intend to keep them up all year, while 17 percent said they will last for six months.

However, 24 percent admitted they expected to quit by February, while one in ten (9 percent) admit they’ll likely throw the towel in “after a few hours”.

According to the data us Brits are also a secretive lot, with over half (51 percent) keeping their resolutions to themselves, and a mere three in ten confiding in their partners.

That’s probably because 26 percent of people think if they tell people they’ll laugh, and 10 percent confiding that if they tell someone they think that person will probably want them to fail.

A spokesperson for blu, who commissioned the study, said: “It’s fascinating to see how New Year’s resolutions – almost as much of a tradition as Christmas itself – are evolving in line with modern, ‘digital’ society.

“New technologies are definitely helping people not only commit to their resolutions, but also to see them through. Just like a fitness tracker or diet app, vaping is also a great way to help smokers make the switch to something better in 2019. Good luck to everybody with their resolutions!”

Even if they don’t actually make them, a whopping 85 percent of the UK thinks that resolutions are a positive force, with 47 percent agreeing it’s better to try and fail than not try at all.

Resolutions are liable to be small changes though, with a massive 96 percent of the population believe that it’s easier to make multiple small changes that eventually add up to one big difference than to change everything all at once.

On a positive note, 90 percent of people expect to achieve at least some of their goals in the next year, while a massive 88 percent of the population believe that 2019 will be better than 2018.


Britain’s Top New Year’s resolutions for 2019

  • Go on a diet 32%
  • Do more exercise 26%
  • Spend less time on social media 24%
  • Save money and be frugal 24%
  • Read more books 18%
  • Go on a total detox / body cleanse 16%
  • Find a job you love 12%
  • Walk 10,000 steps daily 11%
  • Don’t look at your phone after 9pm 10%
  • Be more creative 10%
  • Use my time wisely 10%
  • Stop smoking and switch to vaping 9%
  • Join a gym 9%
  • Be a better friend 9%
  • Be a better partner 9%
  • Make new friends / be more sociable 9%
  • Listen more, talk less 8%
  • Spend more time with people who matter 8%
  • Be more tolerant of others 8%
  • Stop wasting time online 7%
  • Start a new hobby 7%
  • Drink less or drink mindfully 7%
  • Take a digital detox (not going online for a set number of days) 7%
  • Learn a language 7%
  • Be kinder 7%
  • Find ‘The One’ 6%
  • Tell your family that you love them more often 6%
  • Spend more time with my children 5%