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But most Brits failed to keep to all the resolutions they made in 2018 for 2019

New Year’s resolutions, are they a cliché or a genuine method of self-improvement? YouGov polling reveals that one in four brits plan on making a new one this year, but they may not do much good - during 2019 most failed to keep to all of their previous resolutions.

In 2018, 25% of Britons say they made resolutions, however, a year on, only a quarter (24%) of those who made resolutions have kept all of them. Just under half (47%) of those who made New Year’s resolutions say they managed to keep some, but not all – another 28% say they kept none of their resolutions.

Despite this Britons are willing to try again, and 27% of Britons say they are planning on making commitments for 2020. Young Brits are the most likely to make a resolution with 47% of those aged from 18 to 24 saying they will make resolutions, compared to three in ten (30%) of 35 to 44 year olds and just 18% of those aged over 65. Women are also slightly more likely to make a resolution at 30% compared to 24% of men.

The most popular resolutions for Britons in the past have all centred on health, with more exercise (47%), losing weight (44%) and a better diet (41%) topping the list of past resolutions. However, with younger people the most likely to make new resolutions, this could change.

The biggest difference between the ages when it comes to resolutions is tech. One in five (21%) Britons aged from 18 to 24 say they have tried to use resolutions in the past to cut down on their social media usage, and 12% say they have made commitments to cut down on their mobile phone use in the past. This is compared to 10% of 35 to 44 year old’s who have also tried to cut down on their social media and 5% who have tried to use their smart phone less.

In the New Year we will go back to Brits to see what resolutions they plan on keeping during 2020, as well as how well Britons are coping with Dry January.  

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