Popular New Year’s resolutions

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

New Year’s is one of the most celebrated days in the world. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, full of gifts and long-awaited surprises for those kids who didn’t misbehave.

According to a survey among young adults in 2015 (published at Statista.com), about 72 percent of respondents said that they typically spent New Year’s Eve at home. Slightly more than 20 percent stated they were guests at someone else’s home on New Year’s Eve, and about 10 percent celebrated in a restaurant, bar or club.

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Another survey was conducted among American adults asking whether they made a New Year’s resolution in 2014. About 29 percent of respondents said that they did make a resolution last year, while 71 percent did not make a New Year’s resolution. So what did people resolve to do or not to do in the New Year? According to Statista.com, the most popular resolution (13 percent of respondents) for 2015 was to lose weight. Exercising more was the second most popular resolution, chosen by 10 percent of respondents. Just under 10 percent of the respondents said that being a better person was their New Year’s resolution.

About 10 percent of people resolved to improve their health in 2015. Quitting smoking, spending less money and eating healthier were all goals for 7 percent of respondents. Five percent of people resolved to find a better job in 2015. The percentage of people who wanted to go back to school and get closer to God was the same: 4 percent in 2015. Around 3 percent of respondents wanted to increase family time, make better use of their time and enjoy life. A small number (2 percent) resolved to stop drinking. The same percentage of respondents wanted to set goals for the New Year. Additional resolutions included purchasing a new house, worrying less, traveling and getting politically involved.

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Thirty-nine percent of people in their 20s achieved their resolution in 2015. In comparison, only 14 percent of people over 50 achieved their resolution. About 75 percent of respondents confessed that their resolution only lasted through the first week, while 71 percent maintained their resolution through two weeks. The share of people who never succeeded in their resolution was 24 percent.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning


Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.


In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.


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