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Women’s number one resolution to “enjoy life more” in 2010

With 2010 underway, the latest findings from a nationwide study by CitySocialising, which polled over 4000 of its members from cities across the UK about their new year resolutions, have revealed that 77% of women, compared to just 67% of men, will be making at least one resolution this January, 17% of them for the first time ever.

When asked what their resolutions for 2010 were going to be, top of the list for both women and men was “to enjoy life more”, followed by “lose weight/go on a diet”, second on the list for women, but only sixth on the list for men, and “to get fit and start exercising”, which appeared as the third most popular 2010 resolution for women.

But, although women are more likely to actually make resolutions, when asked about how long they usually stick to them, it appeared that men have more resolve as 20% claimed they kept theirs for a year or more compared to just 15% of women, the majority of whom (29%) admitting sticking to their resolutions for an average of just 3 months.

Interestingly, “to find true love” came joint fifth on the list for women together with “saving money”, “getting fit” came third and “learning something new” fourth. But finding true love appeared at almost the top of the list, in second place, amongst men that were surveyed.

And towards the end of the list of most popular resolutions for women in 2010, “saving money” and “paying off debts” beat “quitting smoking” and “drinking less”, which appeared at the bottom of the list.

Sanchita Saha, CEO & founder of CitySocialising said:

“It’s really interesting that “finding true love” comes so high on the list of resolutions for men compared to women, and should give any single girls out there real hope of finding Mr. Right this year. I think it’s a real indicator of women being much more independent and focussing on themselves in 2010 – whether that’s losing weight, getting fit or learning something new. After such a tough economic year, I would have expected saving money and paying off debts to come higher on people’s lists. However, it’s great news that enjoying life more was the number one resolution as having fun and a positive attitude is what makes life so great. With our “All New You” month taking place throughout January, we’re looking forward to helping both women and men, in cities all over the UK and Scotland, to achieve their resolutions and enjoy life to the max in their city.”

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CitySocialising’s national “All New You” month (view release) will see a national series of events across all major cities in the UK & Scotland, dedicated to helping people to stick to their resolutions including “Getting fit”, “Learning a new language”, “Learning to Salsa”, “Meeting new people” and more.

Click here for up to date listings for All New You month

For full results of CitySocialising’s New Year’s Resolution poll by gender and city (London, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Rest of UK) more information on CitySocialising, All New You month or interviews with Sanchita Saha, contact CitySocialising’s Press department on 020 7940 9910 or email: press@citysocialising.com

Survey results: 4145 professionals aged 21 – 45 took part in the survey (2404 women; 1741 men)

Q1. Will you be making any new year resolutions this year?

Yes: 3021 (73%)
No: 1124 (27%)
Women (2404): 77% Yes (1851); 23% No (553)
Men (1741): 67% Yes (1166); 33% No (575)

Q2. How long do you tend to stick to your resolutions?

All: total 4145 people
Less than a week 248 (6%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 703 (17%)
3 months 952 (23%)
6 months 373 (9%)
More than a year 745 (18%)
Not making any 1124 (27%)
Women: total 2404 women
Less than a week 120 (5%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 433 (18%)
3 months 697 (29%)
6 months 240 (10%)
More than a year 361 (15%)
Not making any 553 (23%)

Men: total 1741 men
Less than a week 70 (4%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 278 (16%)
3 months 331 (19%)
6 months 139 (8%)
More than a year 348 (20%)
Not making any 575 (33%)

Q3. What new year resolutions (can choose up to 3) you will be making in 2010?

All: total 4145 people (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (34.4%)
2. Lose weight / go on a diet (24.4%)
3. Get fit / start exercising (22.3%)
4. Learn something new (22.2%)
5. Find true love (21.6%)
6. Get a better job (18.7%)
7. Save money (18%)
8. Pay off my debts (16.2%)
9. Take a trip (13.6%)
10. Reduce stress (10.6%)
11. Spend more time with family and friends (10.5%)
12. Quit smoking (5.6%)
13. Drink less (5.3%)

Women: total 2404 women (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (34%)
2. Lose weight / go on a diet (29%)
3. Get fit / start exercising (24%)
4. Learn something new (23%)
5. Find true love (20%) joint
5. Save money (20%) joint
6. Get a better job (19%)
7. Pay off my debts (17%)
8. Take a trip (13%)
9. Spend more time with family and friends (11%)
10. Reduce stress (10%)
11. Quit smoking (5%)
12. Drink less (5%)

Men: total 1741 men (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (33%)
2. Find true love (23%)
3. Learn something new (21%)
4. Get fit / start exercising (19%)
5. Get a better job (17%)
6. Lose weight / go on a diet (16%)
7. Save money (15%)
8. Pay off my debts (15%)
9. Take a trip (14%)
10. Reduce stress (12%)
11. Spend more time with family and friends (9%)
12. Quit smoking (6%)
13. Drink less (6%)