‘Tis the season for lots of shopping, but it turns out, a lot of people aren’t fans of the seasonal task. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults think malls and shopping centers cause the most stress over the holidays, according to new research. A poll of 2,000 finds that two-thirds say shopping centers are actually the “grinchiest” place of all during the holidays.
The survey also reveals:
- Beyond the mall, other places that induce the most stress this time of year include airports (59%), and the post office (58%).
- People’s top pet peeves at these stressful locations include crowds (60%), long lines (53%) and noise (52%).
- “Grinchy” places are also lurking online and participants say the stress-inducing social media platforms are Facebook (43%), Instagram (40%) and TikTok (36%).
- While online, nearly half (48%) say they’re overwhelmed by shopping ads and insensitive or negative content.
- Another source of holiday stress? Overplayed Christmas songs, including “Jingle Bells” (25%), “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (25%) and “It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas” (23%).
- Fortunately, participants say there are some things that can turn your mood from “grinchy” to “joyful,” including getting a surprise sale or discount (45%), getting an unexpected gift (43%), or the simple pleasure of enjoying a hot cup of coffee (39%).
- Things that make the holidays more delightful include “home cooking,” “a holiday card,” “a raise,” and “people being kind to one another.”
Source: SWNS Digital
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