Posts tagged with "Statistic Brain"

Tattoo you?

May 4, 2018

Are you comfortable in your own skin? Interestingly enough, there are about 45 million Americans who have embellished their bodies with at least one tattoo, according to Statistic Brain—and over 30% of them say that it makes them feel more sexy, while 5% say that it makes them feel more intelligent.

Not only that, but the popularity of skin art is growing: Fully 36% of Americans, ages 18-25, have a tattoo; as well as 40% of those between the ages of 26 and 40.

What’s more, a May 1 article posted by the NBC Today Show claims that the number of women getting inked is rising faster than the number of men—and that women age 40-plus are even making tattoos part of their “bucket lists.”

“I have noticed an increase in women getting tattooed later in life, past their 40s,” Julie Duncan, a tattoo artist at Lady Luck Tattoo in Phoenix who recently gave 74-year-old Janice Graham her first tattoo told Today. “It’s honestly probably something they always wanted, but were too worried about social norms and being judged to actually get. I think it’s great.”

What’s more, few inked Americans stop at one; among those with any tattoos, seven in ten (69%) have two or more, according to a 2015 Harris Poll of 2, 225 U.S. adults.

The Harris pollsters found that rural (35%) and urban (33%) Americans are both more likely to get (or have) a tattoo than are suburbanites (25%). And those with kids in the household are much more likely than those without to sport at least one tattoo (43% versus 21%).

Some like their first tattoos so much that inking becomes addictive (32%)—but there are others who regret getting inked (17%) or some who even have their tattoo removed (11%), based on data amassed by Statistic Brain.

Top-ranked regrets, according to the Harris folks, include:

  • I was too young when they got the tattoo,
  • My tattoo does not fit my present lifestyle,
  • I still have my ex-boyfriend’s name on my arm,
  • My skin art was poorly done; and
  • It just isn’t meaningful.

Finally, about 5% of those with skin art have it covered up with another tattoo when it just doesn’t work for them anymore.

Research contact: contact@statisticbrain.org

Health club heebie-jeebies

January 5, 2018

According to Statistic Brain, about 132 million people worldwide have memberships to gyms and health clubs—although 67% of them almost never lift a weight or pedal a bike.

And one reason why health club memberships may drop off precipitously every January, after a rush of “newbies” begins exercising, could originate in the changing rooms.

Maybe it’s the bad memories of those high school locker rooms where personal space was not respected, but—according to results of a poll posted by YouGov on January 4—locker rooms make nearly one-third of Americans (31%) feel self-conscious: Whether they are overweight, underweight, recovering from surgery, or have other body issues, many people say they just don’t feel comfortable changing in front of others of the same gender.

Of those who will change in a gym locker room—YouGov reports, based on the responses of 8.314 U.S. adults questioned  in late December—a little over a one-third (34%) say that they feel comfortable changing all of their clothes in front of others, while 27% say that they’re only comfortable changing down to their underwear.

Interestingly enough, men and women do not experience the same feelings when they are changing: Forty-one percent of women say they’re not comfortable changing in front of others at all, compared with 20% of men.

Nearly half of men (47%) say that they are comfortable changing all of their clothes, while less than one-quarter of women (23%) say the same. At least one-quarter of men (25%) and women (28%) say they’re comfortable down to their underwear.

Research contact: Hoang.Nguyen@YouGov.com

Promises, promises: New Year’s resolutions for 2018

December 22, 2017

Whether you make a New Year’s resolution or not for 2018, you are in good company: Each year, nearly the same number of Americans (41%) make a New Year’s resolution as do not (42%).

And the overall results for each group hardly vary: Just 9% actually succeed in whatever they have pledged to accomplish according to a report by Statistic Brain.

Indeed,the true winners are the gyms and diet plans and quit-smoking programs that all of us join at the beginning of the year, when we are committed to our plans. For example, according to Gold’s Gym, its traffic jumps by 40% between December and January. But just wait a few weeks – it won’t be long before all those good intentions die.

But we cannot resist trying and our goals are worthy: Being a better person and weight loss share the top spot as the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2018, according to findings released by the Marist Poll on December 20.

.Among Americans who still plan to make a resolution, 12% report they want to be a better person, and the same proportion (12%) say they want to lose weight. Exercising more, eating healthier food, and getting a better job each were cited by 9% of respondents; while 7% want to improve their overall health.

Six percent of U.S. residents resolving to make a change want to kick the smoking habit, and another 6% plan to spend less and save more money. Another 30% came up with a different resolution altogether.

Last year, being a better person (16%) edged out weight loss (10%) and exercising (10%) to take the number-one slot.

Of note, the proportion of resolution makers who plan to look for a better job has nearly doubled from 5% last year to 9% currently.

Predictably enough, age and gender affect the goals people choose. The most cited resolutions among those under the age of 45 are being a better person (13%) and getting a better job (12%).

Among older resolution-makers, weight loss (16%) edges out exercising more (13%), being a better person (12%), improving one’s health (11%) and healthier eating (10%).

While being a better person (17%) is the leading New Year’s resolution among men, weight loss (15%) is the top resolution among women.

“With weight loss tying for the number-one resolution and exercise and healthy eating making the top five, health is top of mind,” commented Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “And, if the past is any indication, many Americans have a good chance at keeping their promises for at least part of 2018.”

Finally, how long do Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions? Among those who say they made a resolution for 2017, 68% said they kept at least part of their promise. Similar proportions of men (69%) and women (66%) remained true to their word for at least part of 2017. More men (75%) compared with women (62%) said they kept their New Year’s resolution last year.

Research contact: Daniela Charter (@DanielaCharter)