Let’s face it : Americans love their stuff. From childhood baseball card collections to that new flat-screen television, people can develop an emotional attachment to items of all sorts. While certain objects have high monetary value, many belongings could be thought of as priceless because they connect people to their families.
When Allstate asked more than 1,000 adults across the country to rank the importance of their personal items, some of the findings were expected: Homes won the top spot and respondents value spending more time in their living rooms.
But there were some remarkable revelations as well. Here are the six most surprising findings from Allstate’s “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey.
The majority of Americans say their house is “important” to them — and they take good care of it. More than 80 percent of adults clean their home at least weekly. When it comes to family households, a high percentage of both moms and dads (86 percent each) share the weekly responsibility of cleaning their homes.
Which generation cleans their homes most often? Eighty-nine percent of millennials who responded to the survey said they clean their homes weekly or more often, compared to 72 percent of baby boomers.
Two-thirds of Americans have at least one piece of jewelry that was passed down from a prior generation, but grandma’s wedding ring is most likely not one of them. Only 14 percent of Americans wear or expect to wear an engagement ring that is passed down.
About half of Americans spend less than $50 per month on clothing. What might surprise some is that women tend to be more frugal than men when it comes to their wardrobes, the survey found. Only 38 percent of men spend less than $50 per month on new attire, compared to 55 percent of women.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans age 52 and older spend 11 hours or more per week in front of the television, while less than half of millennials say the same. This could be because millennials spend more time using devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones than watching live TV, according to a 2016 Nielsen report.
U.S. adults are aware that they spend a lot of time on their smartphones and tablets — more than one-third of respondents said so. This percentage jumps to a majority (57 percent) when it comes to millennials.
According to the “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey, Americans value their smartphones so much that more than one-third purchase the newest version of their chosen smartphone within the first month of its release. And 42 percent of American adults think it’s appropriate to get a child a smartphone in middle school.
Americans feel quite a bit of affection for their cars and trucks: More than one-third of total survey respondents (and half of millennials) have given their vehicles a name.
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