More People Want to Quit Social Media than Smoking in 2017!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? According to our latest survey of 1,500 of our members concerning New Year’s Resolutions in the UK, one in ten plan on quitting social media in the New Year—compared to just 8% who want to quit smoking. Over a third of you said you want your partner to lose weight in 2017, and 2% are looking forward to getting divorced!

recent study from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health found that using multiple social media platforms increased the risk of depression and anxiety. The study found that people who use anywhere from seven to 10 social-media platforms are three times more likely to be depressed or anxious, compared to those using no more than two. Further observations have shown that millennials (those born after 1984) in particular get so much validation from social media that they can often struggle building real-life relationships and suffer from low self-esteem.


Quitting social media is one of the top 10 New Year's Resolutions in the UK


Our survey of 1,578 also discovered that two-fifths (41%) of you are anxious about Brexit, and more than a third (35%) said Donald Trump is a top source of anxiety on entering 2017.

Over a third (34%) of people want their partner to lose weight in 2017, 30% to secure a promotion while 21% to secure a new job. Just under a tenth (7%) said they’d like them to quit smoking.

Forty respondents even said that their New Year resolution was to get divorced!

The top 2017 New Year’s resolutions in the UK are:

  1. Get into shape / lose weight
  2. Eat healthier
  3. Travel more
  4. Spend more time with family
  5. Learn a new skill
  6. Get a new job
  7. Learn a new language
  8. Spend less time on social media
  9. Learn a musical instrument
  10. Quit smoking
  11. Get married
  12. Get on the property ladder
  13. Get divorced

We even asked people to rate 2016 out of five for categories like music, politics and sport. Unsurprisingly, 2016 scored a 2.86 out of five, with politics the lowest scored category with just 1.83.

Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of, said,

I find it surprising that more people would prefer to quit social media than smoking, although the latest research has shown that excessive social media use can be bad for your health. It’s interesting that people are starting to notice the negative impact social media can have on their lives and are planning on kicking this modern habit in 2017!

That the British public is so anxious about Donald Trump just goes to show how another country’s political state can affect feelings around the world. Coupled with the continuing worry of Brexit, people are clearly actively concerned about politics in 2017, but there is also much to look forward to and choosing to learn a new skill or quit a bad habit is a great way to start the year.”

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