Phone addiction is real, and a new survey reveals just how addicted we are to our devices. A poll by RootMetrics finds that 24% of Americans check their phones within the first minute of waking up. What’s more, another 58% check it within the first 10 minutes of getting out of bed.
As for what we use our phones for most these days, texting is the biggest function (34%), followed by checking social media (32%). And watching online content is also a common use for our devices, with 31% of folks admitting to watching seven hours of content or more a week on their phones, although 23% of men say they watch that amount, as compared to 19% of women.
With this in mind, it makes sense that a lot of people will feel frustrated when not connected to their phones, but the survey finds that most people also don’t feel safe. According to the poll, 47% of users say they felt unsafe in a mobile “dead zone,” although women are more likely to feel unsafe than men (52% vs. 42%).
Source: Financial Content
For a lot of Americans, the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without the traditions of their childhood. In fact, a new poll finds that 52% of Americans try to replicate holidays from their childhood, with 73% of people saying holiday traditions are important to them.
These nostalgic traditions are so important that 50% of folks say they celebrate traditions that have been passed down for generations, with 32% continuing ones they started with their grandparents and another 27% following traditions from their great-grandparents or farther.
The most common family tradition is decorating the Christmas tree (57%), followed by decorating the house (54%), watching holiday movies (50%), playing holiday music (48%) and sending out holiday cards (40%). But not everyone’s holiday traditions are, well, traditional. The poll finds that 19% of people say their family has a quirky holiday tradition they always follow. Some of those quirky traditions include:
- Dressing their cat up in a holiday costume
- Playing Mario Kart games on Christmas morning
- Exchanging ugly ornaments
- Camping in the living room on the night of Christmas Eve
- Opening all their presents on Christmas Eve
- Making ornaments with their dog’s paw print
- Watching horror movies on Christmas day
- Sending holiday cards to people they don’t know
- Hiding Christmas presents for the younger kids
- Making snow angels
- Wearing silly Christmas pajamas
Source: SWNS Digital
When you’re young the last thing you think about is saving money for retirement, and it seems a lot of folks are probably waiting too long to think about their golden years. A new survey by Nationwide Insurance finds that the average age workers begin saving for retirement is 31, which means a lot of people are missing out on potential savings.
Of course, many folks have a good reason for not putting money away in their younger years. In fact, the top reason given for not saving for retirement is not making enough money (44%), followed by daily expenses (41%) and paying off debt (38%).
And it’s not like young people don’t know they should be putting money away. When asked what age they should start saving 42% said between 18 and 24, while 35% said between 25 and 30.
Source: Market Watch
If you’ve already put a serious dent in your holiday budget and it’s not even December yet, it’s time to shop smart and save. Here are some ways to take care of everyone on your list and still spend less this holiday season.
- Make a gift list - Plan out exactly what you’re planning to buy so you keep your eyes on the prize and don’t get distracted by the “under $25” table in the store. Plus, the list can help you comparison shop for things you really want to get.
- And a grocery list - Check your cabinets first and take inventory then you can plan for exactly what you need and you won’t overestimate the amount of food or wine to buy.
- Shop online then pick up in store - That way you don’t spend hours at the mall only to find they don’t have what you’re looking for and you get the convenience of online shopping without the shipping costs. Lots of retailers, from Bloomingdales to Target, offer this money-saving option now.
- Take advantage of free shipping day - Friday, December 14th is the last day to shop online with guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve, unless you don’t mind paying rush fees.
- Send digital-only holiday cards - Personalized printed holiday cards are lovely, but now you can also find lots of online sites offering tasteful and inexpensive digital alternatives, like Paperless Post’s designer cards and photo-centric options.
- Don’t discount the dollar store - Deck the halls without breaking the bank by hitting up your local dollar store, where you can find everything from lights to holiday serving platters for just a buck.
- Install Honey - This Chrome extension searches the Internet to find promo code eligibility and applies the discount automatically before you check out. Saving money and not even having to work for it? We’re in.
If you’re already using anti-aging serums and creams and want to find the best anti-aging workout to add to your routine, a new study says endurance training and HIIT workouts are the way to go. The research published in the European Heart Journal finds that this kind of cardio may reduce signs of aging at the cellular level.
German researchers studied 124 healthy but inactive adults and found that endurance exercises like running, swimming, or bicycling, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) both slowed the signs of aging on the cellular level, compared to lifting weights.
The results weren’t measured by who had more wrinkles at the end of the study, but by examining blood cells from samples taken before the start of the study and after the last sweat sesh. And the telomeres - the caps at the end of chromosomes - got longer on the runners and HITT-ers and telomerase - an enzyme that works to maintain those caps - increased.
Telomeres shrink over time naturally and when they do, cells die instead of continuing to divide. And cell death doesn’t just lead to wrinkles and gray hair, it raises the risk of age-related health concerns like heart disease, mental decline and even early death. So that’s a good reason to follow the recently updated exercise guidelines for Americans, which suggest we get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity a week, along with at least two muscle strengthening sessions.