January 22, 2021

On New Year Resolutions

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New Year’s Eve 2020: Current, representative study by mydays

This is how Germans start into the year 2021: These traditions are particularly widespread / The most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2021

Same procedure as every year – this well-known sentence from a New Year’s Eve classic doesn’t apply at all this year. Because in 2020 a lot was different and so will the turn of the year. But one thing will always stay the same: New year, new start. And so this year too, many are planning a lot for the new year. A current, representative study by Statista on behalf of experience provider mydays shows which New Year’s Eve traditions Germans have and what resolutions they have for 2021.

  • Toasting at midnight (76 percent) and watching colorful fireworks (72 percent) are among the most common New Year’s Eve traditions in Germany
  • Every fifth person (19 percent) thinks about resolutions for the new year
  • The following are particularly popular: doing more sport (50 percent), having less stress (49 percent), eating more healthily (47 percent) or losing weight (46 percent)
  • 23 percent of people who say they have New Year’s resolutions manage to incorporate them into their lives

These traditions have become common in Germany on New Year’s Eve

For most people, toasting at midnight (76 percent) and watching fireworks (72 percent) are part of a good New Year’s Eve celebration. A third (33 percent) of the people look forward to the New Year with a countdown, while another third receives the year comfortably with a broadcast of Dinner for One (30 percent). Lead or wax casting is only lived as a tradition at around 13 percent.

These are the particularly popular New Year’s resolutions

About a fifth (19 percent) of all respondents try to start the new year with good resolutions: According to the study, most of the people who have resolutions for the new year intend to do more sport (50 percent), Reduce everyday stress (49 percent), implement a healthier diet (47 percent) or lose weight (46 percent). The resolutions to take more time for yourself (34 percent), to plan loved ones (29 percent) or to live more sustainably (32 percent) are also popular. For 15 percent of those surveyed with resolutions, they plan to smoke less or even quit completely, and around 10 percent want to drink less alcohol.

When asked whether New Year’s resolutions have been implemented before, the majority of those who typically have New Year’s resolutions answered yes (77 percent). How long the implementation takes differs greatly, however: only about a quarter of all people who make resolutions for 2021 confirmed that they would integrate New Year’s resolutions into their lives forever (23 percent). Another quarter admitted that they would only stick to the planned resolutions for two months (26 percent), and a fifth made it to spring (17 percent). The resolutions of 9 percent will last until summer – but only for a single day for the same number of people. 3 percent don’t even give their resolutions a chance for a day.

The online representative study was carried out by the independent opinion research institute Statista. 1,000 Germans aged 18 and over were surveyed. The survey period was October 2020.

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