New Year's by the numbers

  • Article by: AIMÉE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 1:00 PM

Are your New Year's resolutions the exact same as last year? In social media, this is deemed an epic #FAIL.

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That awkward moment when you realize your New Year's resolutions are the exact same as last year. In social media, this is deemed an epic #FAIL.

If it gives you any comfort, you're not alone. In fact, 88 percent of all resolutions meet their demise before the year ends.

Making resolutions

45 percent of overachieving Americans make one or more resolutions each year.

17 percent infrequently set resolutions.

38 percent never set resolutions.

Keeping resolutions

39 percent of people in their 20s achieve their resolutions each year.

14 percent of people over 50 achieve their resolutions. What's the saying about teaching old dogs new tricks?

8 percent of people always fulfill their resolutions.

24 percent have failed on every resolution. But they keep trying. That counts for something, right?

75 percent of people maintain their resolutions through the first week.

46 percent of people maintain their resolutions past six months.

88 percent of all resolutions end in failure. Yet those same people set themselves up for failure by setting the same resolutions next year. Go figure.

Top New Year's resolutions

1. Lose weight.

2. Get organized.

3. Spend less, save more.

4. Enjoy life to the fullest.

5. Stay fit and healthy.

6. Learn something exciting.

7. Quit smoking.

8. Help others in their dreams.

9. Fall in love.

10. Spend more time with one's family.

Party time!

360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed by Americans during the holiday season.

25 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds have gotten into a fight on New Year's Eve. That bubbly doesn't drink itself!

40 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds have awakened Jan. 1 with an injury, the source of which is unknown.

One in eight 18- to 25-year-olds have broken up with someone on New Year's Eve. Maybe staying home is a better option? (See below.)

62 percent of people stay home.

Sources: www.usa.gov, Daily Infographic, Hasbro, Stir.com, New York Post, Match.com, AXA, University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Daily Finance, Times Square Alliance, Daily Mail, Wine Institute, Rasmussen Reports, U.S. Census Bureau.

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