‘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-thousand finds that two-thirds say shopping centers are actually the “grinchiest” place of all during the holidays.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of International Delight following the launch of its line of limited-edition Grinch-themed coffee creamers 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