While overall stress levels among online American adults did not change between 2012 and 2013, men continue to endure higher levels of stress than females.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
In February 2013, 1200 online American adults were asked to rate themselves on a stress scale, where 10 is “very stressed” and 1 is “not at all stressed”. Currently, seventeen percent of online American adults say that their stress level is 1, 2 or 3, or quite low (Bottom 3). On the other hand, thirty-four percent indicated their stress level is 10, 9, or 8, or quite high (Top 3). That compares to 2012, where nineteen percent of respondents rated themselves in the Bottom 3 and thirty-two percent rated themselves in the Top 3. While overall stress levels among online American adults did not change between 2012 and 2013, men continue to endure higher levels of stress than females.
In 2013, thirty-nine percent of men reported their stress level in the Top Three, while in 2012, a comparable thirty-six percent of men reported stress levels in the Top Three. Among females, on the other hand, thirty percent reported 2013 stress levels in the Top Three and in 2012, twenty-eight percent reported stress levels in the Top Three.
Additionally, even though stress levels overall are unchanged, perception of stress seems to be improving, as seventy-three percent said their stress levels were “about the same as” or “less than” 2012 (significantly more than the comparable 2012 measurement of sixty-seven percent). From the gender perspective, only twenty-five percent of males said they were “more stressed than a year ago” (compared to the significantly higher thirty-two percent in 2012). Thirty percent of females in 2013 said they were “more stressed than a year ago” (significantly higher than males in 2013, but not different from females in 2012).
Sources of stress also differ by gender. More men than women said they had “no main sources of stress” in 2013 (seventeen percent for men vs. eight percent for women). Women on the other hand were significantly more likely than men to name the following stress sources: financial issues (fifty-four percent of women vs. forty-six percent of men), not enough time (thirty-seven percent of women vs. twenty-six percent of men), family problems (twenty-one percent of women vs. fourteen percent of men, living situation twenty percent of women vs. sixteen percent of men), and balancing work and family (twenty percent of women vs. fourteen percent of men).
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