Good riddance, 2022: Just 1 in 3 Americans had a ‘great’ year, with 57% expecting 2023 to be much better

NEW YORK — If you’re going to a New Year’s Eve party this year, make sure you leave within an hour after the ball drops. A new survey focusing on 2,000 adults’ plans for the special night finds that the appropriate time to leave — according to 52 percent of respondents — is within an hour after midnight.

Nearly a third of people who celebrate New Year’s Eve will host a party this year (29%), results show. Those who usually host, typically invite about 19 guests – although a third of hosts go a bit overboard with the guest list (31%) – and this year, 71 percent of regular hosts plan on inviting more people than usual.

Themed parties are still in according to 32 percent of those who celebrate, saying they’re likely to host an event that would require a festive costume. Besides a good theme, the top party essentials are, of course, food and snacks (84%) followed by music (76%) and cocktails or other drinks (67%).

The survey run by OnePoll for Chinet also found that when it comes to being a good guest at a New Year’s Eve bash, people should bring a bottle of wine or alcohol (58%) or a dessert (48%) for the host to put out.

Similarly, 48 percent think it’s rude to stay too late, but another 45 percent think leaving before midnight is equally uncouth.

6 in 10 have entered the new year alone

Overall, most Americans agree that New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when no one should be alone (55%). Most have had to spend New Year’s Eve alone before (59%), and 54 percent of those respondents recall feeling lonely.

The night has had a history of being special, especially for the six in 10 Americans who have made a friend or met a partner at an end-of-year party.

Respondents reflected on some of their favorite memories of New Year’s Eve spent with others. Some standout comments included: “Barbecuing and doing fireworks with family,” “Having all my sisters come for a party and then sleep over at my house,” and “When I kissed a stranger who later became my true love.”

“New Year’s Eve is a special time to round out the holiday season as you ring in a new year,” says Melissa Rakos, product manager for the Chinet brand, in a statement. “By using products that help make cleanup easier, like disposable dinnerware, people can worry less about the mess and focus on making memories with loved ones.”

Only 1 in 3 had a great 2022

Looking forward, most respondents are optimistic that next year will be better than this year (57%) – although 45 percent shared the same sentiment for this year, but this only turned out to be true for 32 percent of survey-takers.

A third of Americans already have their resolutions planned out (36%), sharing their goals of making smaller, incremental changes (21%) as opposed to major ones (18%) – but 28 percent are going to implement a mix of both.

More than half of respondents say one of their top priorities for the new year is to practice making more sustainable choices (57%) like reducing food waste (55%), using reusable bags more often (45%), and cutting down on disposable eatery (32%).

“Sometimes hosts need an easy solution. Just as consumers are committed to creating more thoughtful habits, they should have options that support these initiatives,” says Rakos. “Ridding unrecyclable foam items completely is an easy way for people to get started with making these changes in their everyday lives.”

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  1. “Just 1 in 3” people had a “great” year? That’s a surprisingly high statistic. I think most people have only a handful of “great” years in their life. Most years are, by the word’s very definition, average. People have a lot of average years, some good and bad years, and a few great years in their lives. For 33% of people to say their year was great, despite everything going on in the world, means that “just” should be replaced by the word, “amazingly”,

  2. I had a great year. Sold the house I bought in 2005 at a huge profit, and I’m now renting until the real estate market returns to earth. My Social Security increase kicks in a few days from now. Inflation doesn’t phase me. After all, I lived through the 1970s, which were far worse. If I can’t afford steak, I buy hamburger. The stock markets are mixed. DJIA is up since Biden became president and the S&P is flat. But NASDAQ — hoo-boy! Having lived through the tech bubble and burst of the late 1990s, I knew better than to throw money down the tech toilet. Happy New Year’s to everyone!

  3. Lost at the border. Lost mutual funds. Everything is expensive. In other words, get rid of Biden and the Democrats!!!!

    1. The survey most likely polled a majority liberal socialists who will typically be locked in a dogmatic victim mindset no matter what opportunities & achievements they receive. I didn’t have a great year, I had the best year ever. I get to be alive still under God’s great kingdom. 2023 will be even better! 🙂

    1. Jimmy Carter will look like a competent statesman and hero, compared to Mr. Magoo Biden. It will get far worse while he is in office. Elections have consequences. Treat democrats like they are child molesters.

  4. Clickbait is clickbait.

    “Study finds 1 in 3 Americans had a GREAT year!”
    “Just 1 in 3 Americans had a ‘great’ year.”

    Same information, totally different spin. If every year was GREAT, then GREAT kind of loses it’s meaning.

  5. Had a GREAT year. My Shopping Mall is 100% full!! Yeah, 100%!! Haven’t really lifted a finger (this IS the way I live and planned it that way) Just celebrated 45 years with the women I adore, New Years Eve is our Anniversary. Two things…learn to really Dance (almost like a pro) and make YOURSELF happy and you’ll make everybody around you happy. Wealth tip…READ “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It works.

  6. Money Printer will turn back on to turn the screws down on us again. Wall Street has had enough price discovery to last a century.

  7. Would love to see the questions on this survey if the below was important by that many people. Obviously looking for results they wanted to spew out.

    More than half of respondents say one of their top priorities for the new year is to practice making more sustainable choices (57%) like reducing food waste (55%), using reusable bags more often (45%), and cutting down on disposable eatery (32%

  8. It would have to work very hard to be worse than the mess created by Joey and friends in 2022!

  9. Everyones situation is different. Those dynamics determine if you’ll have a bad year or a good year. Change, good or bad, brings opportunity. If I was 30 I would look at Bidens mess and figure out how to find a niche to up my income. Right now there is still demand for most everything. At 67 I have a couple hobby/side businesses that I really don’t want to do. But I can double my fees and the customers will simply say “When can you be here? If my health wasn’t failing it would be full steam ahead. When you’re 30 you can’t get a job, when you’re 65 you can’t get rid of them. You need the knowledge you have at 65 when you’re 30. hang around with older, successful people and pay attention. Be honest and consistent, you’ll win. The trouble is, when you’re 30 and I did it too, you think you know better. If you did you’d be rich.

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