Did 2020 prompt you to start a bad habit?

Bad habits are easy enough to unconsciously undertake. Small, irregular behaviours, in time, become more prominent and repetitive, unfortunately resulting in, often times, a habit we wish we hadn’t picked up.

Poor habits are understandably something all of us have some experience with, and I would wager that more of us dabbled in shitty habits in 2020 more than in any year prior, arguably because of the circumstances we faced, and are still facing, thanks to the coronavirus.

If you found yourself dabbling in something you are reluctant to admit this past year, I assure you, you’re not alone. In fact, according to an article from The Good News Network, there are quite a few bad habits that Americans in particular have picked up this year.

A common theme? An increase in alcohol consumption.

“Nearly half of Americans working from home have signed off early to have a drink, according to a new poll—and 45% of these respondents have admittedly taken the liberty of having an alcoholic drink during the workday.

“The survey polled 2,000 nationally-representative adults (approximately 800 of whom are working from home) to examine the habits people have picked up during lockdown and how they plan to deal with them in the new year.

“Conducted by OnePoll, the survey found that 53% of those polled have been drinking alcohol more frequently during the pandemic.

“In fact, 64% of those who are employed (1,400 respondents) shared that virtual happy hours with coworkers have increased their alcohol intake, and 52% of all respondents said that they’ve felt the need to drink while watching the news this year,” the article says.

Some other examples of habits Americans wish they hadn’t picked up in 2020 include “… snacking more and eating more comfort foods as quarantine continues – and they’ve been stress-eating an average of three times a week. Other habits that grew last year include drinking too much caffeine (32%) and staying in one’s pajamas all day (23%). It’s also no surprise that one in 10 respondents working from home also found it harder and harder to get out of bed during the work week and often overslept,” explains the article.

There you have it, folks. We’re all in this together, regardless if there are some things we started this past year that we wish we hadn’t.

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