If only I could quit these wasteful habits!


Today’s first goo Ranking is quite appropriate for New Year resolution time, a look at what wasteful habits people think if only they could quit their lives would change.


Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

My New Year resolution is number 1 on working days, as I’d like to lose about 6 or 8 kilogrammes this year. I get forced into number 2, as the spousal unit complains too much if I don’t! Number 3 I will never quit, but doing this blog feels sometimes as if I’m in number 13 territory. I should set my wallpaper to this to remind me of #1 and #2…

Sedentary Lifestyle: Couch potato

Ranking result

Q: What wasteful habits if only you could quit, your life could change? (Sample size=1,049)

Rank   Score
1 Snacking between meals when I get a little peckish 100
2 Keeping lounging in front of the television even when there’s nothing particularly interesting on 91.5
3 Mindless web surfing 81.8
4 Snuggling under the duvet after I wake up in the morning 67.8
5 Checking Twitter, Facebook, etc as soon as I have a spare minute 37.3
6 Falling asleep in front of the television, reading a book, etc 37.0
7 Having a drink on returning home in the evening and another, and another… 33.6
8 Eating out on food that I know is not good for my body, wallet 32.5
9 Going window shopping and impulse buying whenever something catches my fancy 31.1
10 Spending money freely on my hobbies even though it strains the household budget 29.1
11 Repeated yo-yoing of weight with strict dieting then rebounding through binging 28.2
12 Always ignoring other people’s opinion 27.6
13 Slacking on my day job while spending lots of time making very little money on side jobs 19.1
14 Continuing to take supplements that seem to have no effect 18.2
15 Visiting a convenience store every day even when I’ve got nothing particular I want to buy 16.8
16 Dreaming of what I can buy if I win, buying large quantities of lottery tickets 16.5
17 Regularly attending girls’ nights out, drinking parties that are nothing but moaning, licking each other’s wounds sessions 15.7
18 Making never-ending phone calls about nothing in particular 14.5
19 Doing long low-productivity overtime 11.7
20 Buying television shopping goods that I never wanted in the first place 10.3
21 Being unfaithful such that I will regret if caught 9.4
22 Being in denial that repeated changing jobs, solo travel, etc is all about finding myself 8.5
23 Buying online game items for real money 8.3
24 Forcing myself to do activities that don’t suit me to hunt for a marriage partner 8.0
25 Buying brand items just to feel superior to other people 7.7
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