New Year's resolutions are often propelled by pressure from society and the fact that we're inundated with diet companies and gym groups on the TV, telling us that 2018 would be so much better if we looked differently. Having said that, the rising popularity of calling bullshit in 2017 seems to be rubbing off on the British public, as a newly emerged survey has pointed out.
The survey, commissioned by Bidvine.com, asked more than 1,500 people from across the UK about the coming year, their resolutions, thoughts and anxieties. Whilst a third (31%) of those asked said that they wanted to improve their mental health in 2018, less than a fifth (19%) of people said that they wanted to lose weight. In a four percent increase from last year's survey, 15% of people want to quit social media in comparison to last year's 11%, and Instagram was named the worst platform for mental health.
Russ Morgan, co-founder of Bidvine.com said: “I’m not really surprised that more people are wanting to focus on improving their mental health in the New Year, rather than lose weight. In 2017 we saw a great deal of light shed on mental health, with many high-profile celebrities and brands campaigning to open up the conversation on it.”
“In conjunction with this, body positivity is something that’s been highly promoted in the last year, so that could be why less people are concerned about losing weight going into 2018.”
Could that mean that finally we're beginning to see the truth behind it all? Or are people just becoming more comfortable in their own bodies? Or is it a combination of the two? Either way, we're hopeful to see what the survey shows this time next year!
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