Poll: No. 1 Stress of Daily Life Is...
More than anything else, we are a nation stressed by money.
The anxiety about rising prices is the No. 1 stressor in life with 74 percent citing it as their most worrisome daily hassle, according to a Harris Poll. This was followed by 53 percent who worry about money for emergencies and 36 percent not having enough money for basic necessities.
The nationwide survey assessed 14 different daily "hassles" and found a very strong association between almost all of these hassles and the feeling of being stressed.
The daily hassles:
- Rising prices: 74 percent
- Too many things to do: 56 percent
- Trouble sleeping: 53 percent
- Concerns about money for emergencies: 53 percent
- Concerns about health in general: 43 percent
- Illness of a family member: 36 percent
- Not enough money for basic necessities: 36 percent
- Too much information to process at one time: 33 percent
- Being lonely: 29 percent
- Problems with your work, boss or fellow workers: 24 percent
- Problems with aging parents: 21 percent
- Frequent or excessive noise: 20 percent
- Problems with my children: 19 percent
- Abuse of your personal privacy: 13 percent
The good news: Be patient. It gets better. Just 9 percent of people 61 and older said they experienced a lot of stress, compared with 25 percent or more for other generations. Seniors are not only less likely to have too many things to do in the day, but also have fewer concerns about money.
Other interesting findings:
- People with lower household incomes are most stressed about money, while those who have higher incomes are most stressed by having too much to do, problems at work and difficulties with aging parents.
- Fully 80 percent of those who experience a lot of stress say they have had too many things to do in the last month. This falls to only 29 percent of those who do not experience much stress.
- 76 percent of those who experience a lot of stress say they had trouble sleeping, compared with only 29 percent of those with little stress.
- 71 percent of those who have a lot of stress say they experienced concerns about money for emergencies in the last month, compared with only 30 percent among those whose lives are not much stressed.
--From the Editors at Netscape