On average: How often do you brush your teeth, change your sheets, talk to your parents?
posted by: Guest Blogger
From brushing teeth to changing the sheets to washing the car, we all have varying frequencies for the necessities in life.
This week, we took a look at the norm for some of life’s “musts.”
The percentages listed are based on the results of an unofficial online poll on the On the Edge blog on Timesunion.com.
How often do you brush your teeth?
Twice a day — morning and night (66 percent)
Once a day — the morning is more than sufficient (27 percent)
Every time I eat (7 percent)
Fact: Nationally, the average is 1.1 times/day, according Dr. Harold Katz, founder of The California Breath Clinics who has done extensive research into oral hygiene.
How often do you change the sheets on your bed?
Once every two weeks (41 percent)
Once a week (32 percent)
Around the time it seems they could get off the bed on their own and walk away (27 percent)
Fact: Sixty percent of Americans let two weeks or more go by between bedsheet changes, according to a poll by AOL Health.
How often do you grocery shop?
I hit up the store once a week and get everything I need (70 percent)
Pretty much every day (22 percent)
Forget the grocery store, that’s what restaurants are for (8 percent)
Fact: The average shopper goes to the supermarket 1.69 times per week, according to the Food Marketing Institute.
How often do you talk with your parents?
Every day (56 percent)
A few times a month (40 percent)
At holidays (4 percent)
Fact: Forty-six percent of financially independent adults who do not live at home said “at least once a week” according to a city-data survey.
How often do you check your (personal) email?
Constantly — it feeds directly to my smartphone (69 percent)
Once a day (22 percent)
I log on when I think of it — a few times a week (9 percent)
Fact: The average smartphone user checks his or her email 34 times a day, according to a study in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
How often do you wash your hair?
Every morning (60 percent)
Every other day — my hair does well with a little dirt and oil (37 percent)
Once a week when I go to the salon for a blowout (3 percent)
Fact: Americans, on average, wash their hair 4.59 times per week, according to an NPR study.
Aside from the holidays, how often do you shop for things other than food/necessities?
A few times a year (80 percent)
I’m at the mall more often than a mall walker (15 percent)
Once a year — and only under duress (5 percent)
Fact: While our poll looks at men and women, a study by OnePoll.com found the average woman makes 301 shopping trips each year. Ladies are most likely to spend their time buying clothes, followed by food, shoes, gifts, books, toiletries and accessories.
How often do you exercise?
When I have nothing better to do (56 percent)
If I don’t hit the gym, my day is not complete (24 percent)
I don’t even own sneakers (20 percent)
Fact: Twenty-two percent of men and 16 percent of woman participate in sports, exercise or recreation on any given day, according to the American Time Use Survey.
How often do you text?
I’m somewhere in the triple digits for the month (63 percent)
More than 1,000 texts sent and received each month (20 percent)
Never, I call, or talk with people in person (17 percent)
Fact: According to Nielsen, the average teenager sends 3,339 texts per month; the average 18- to 24-year-old sends 1,630 texts per month. As expected, the average drops significantly among older age groups.
How often do you wash your car?
Only when I can no longer recognize my car in the parking lot (62 percent)
Never, the rain does that for free (25 percent)
My car is always showroom-clean (13 percent)
Fact: According to Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine, car washing should be based on grime-level, not time. Dirt, salt and other road pollutants can deteriorate paint and cause your car to rust.
By Kristi Gustafson Barlette, Albany Times Union, Photo