Entries in Survey (14)


Survey Shows Staggering Amount of Children Are Victims of Violence

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new survey found that a startling number of children and teenagers under the age of 18 have been the victims of physical violence in the last year.

According to a survey published in the journal Pediatrics, over 40 percent of U.S. children and adolescents were victims of violence, including more than 10 percent that suffered serious injuries.

The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence included data concerning assault with and without weapons, attempted or completed kidnapping, dating violence and bias attacks. Bullying, threats or Internet attacks were considered non-violent problems and were excluded.

The survey found that 13.7 percent of young people experienced repeated violent incidents at the hands of a caregiver.

Additionally, two percent of children under the age of 17 responded saying they have been sexually assaulted or abused in the last year. That number was much higher, almost 11 percent, among girls between the ages of 14 and 17.

The authors of the survey believe that exposure to violence impacts both the individual child as well as having important societal effects. The authors also believe that intense tracking of children's exposure to violence is an imperative first step.

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Survey: Good Looks Don't Last

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gather ye rosebuds quickly, ladies and gents, because your good looks are fleeting.

According to a survey by Allure magazine of 2,000 Americans, the consensus is that men look their best at age 34 while women hit their peak of attractiveness at 30.

Respondents to the Allure survey say that it’s pretty much all downhill after that with women exhibiting signs of age by 41 and they stop looking “sexy” when they turn 53.

Women are considered “old” at age 55. Meanwhile, men supposedly show aging signs when they turn 43 and aren’t looking good anymore by 58. A year later, and poof, men are “old.”

Meanwhile, men seem to think women look their best at age 29 while women say it’s 31.

As for dreaded gray hair, the general opinion was that it looks “distinguished” on men but only serves to make women look “old.”

When asked which celebrities are aging well, George Clooney topped the list by both sexes. Others who appear to defy the aging process include Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis and Julia Roberts.

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‘Are We There Yet?’ Survey Reveals How Often Kids Ask

Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) --  “Are we there yet?” It’s the age-old question asked by kids on family vacations everywhere. And while it can seem like children ask it hundreds of times during the course of a family vacation, it’s actually far fewer, according to a new survey.

The question is asked an average of nine times on a seven-day family vacation, according to Cambria Suites, a hotel chain. For parents of kids six and younger, however, you can expect to be asked the dreaded question 13 times.

The survey revealed a few other family vacation tidbits. While most respondents (65 percent) view their family vacation experiences as positive, for instance, parents come home exhausted. One in four reported needing a vacation after returning from their vacation.

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Mom and Dad Are Sexting: 18 Percent of Adults Send Lewd Messages

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- And you thought it was just the younger generation and Anthony Weiner sending explicit text messages -- or sexts. According to a survey conducted by Lookout, a mobile safety company, 18 percent of American smartphone owners say they sext.

But even more revealing are the age breakdowns. The data show that one in five moms and dads of children under 18 use their smartphones to text. Additionally, 25 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 44 send sex text messages from their phones.

And there’s also data on what sort of content are in these messages. Eleven percent of Americans admitted that they have recorded explicated videos on their phones; five percent of moms have done so and 18 percent of dads have.

But the most surprising part? Not many of them are worried about the photos or videos being exposed. Only three percent of American adults said their biggest concern about losing the phone would be that the inappropriate pictures or text messages would be revealed to a stranger.

“The survey results were especially interesting because we found that even though people are sharing extremely private content on their smartphones, many do nothing to prevent an embarrassing exposure,” Alicia diVittorio, mobile safety advocate at Lookout, told ABC News.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, surveyed 2,097 adults over the age of 18 in the United States. The survey was conducted online and variables of age, sex, race, education, region, etc. were weighed to reflect population breakdowns.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


What Tops Most Americans’ Lifetime 'To-Do' Lists?

Michael Matisse/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- A new survey finds nearly seven out of ten Americans have created an ultimate “to-do” list for activities they want to achieve in their lifetime, and travel is ranked number one on the lists of 83 percent of respondents.

Achieving a personal goal was on the list of 61 percent of respondents, followed in popularity by "volunteering for a cause" and "doing something mentally or physically challenging."

Additional statistics from the survey:

  • 23 percent of Americans say they create to-do lists to challenge themselves.
  • 19 percent say a to-do list helps prioritize all the things they want to accomplish.
  • 72 percent of people with to-do lists share their goals and experiences with others.
  • 76 percent of people hope to carry out their to-do list item with another person instead of by themselves.
  • 20 percent of respondents put rekindling an old relationship at the top of their to-do list.
  • 57 percent say a lack of funds is the top barrier preventing them from achieving their to-do list goals.

The survey of 1,011 U.S. adults was commissioned by Hilton.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Internet Regrets Hit One in Five Americans Who Post on Social Media

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The ease and speed of a quick Tweet or Facebook post frequently translates into embarrassment, according to 18 percent of Americans in a new poll of social media users who say they have tech regret for something they have posted online.

Verbal or photographic misfires are so moritifying that half of all polled users on Facebook and Twitter said that the social media networks do more harm than good, according to the survey by Marist College in New York.

On a fateful night in May, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York accidentially tweeted public a lewd image he meant to be private. Weiner's simple mistake, which exposed a pattern of innapropriate online behavior that torpedoed his political career, may be an extreme example of "wish-I-never-posted-that" -- but he is not alone.

Despite having grown up with computers and social media sites, the younger generation seems to have the most to be sorry for. The Marist survey found that 24 percent of users under 45 wish they could take back something they said or put online.

There's also a notable gender divide. Men seem to regret posting more often than women. Twenty-one percent of guys say they sent something they wish they didn't, compared with 15 percent of women.  

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Patient Satisfaction with Hospitals on the Rise, Report Finds

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- HealthGrades is releasing its annual report on hospital patient satisfaction, a survey of patients across 3,797 U.S. hospitals.  They report that there has been an increase of positive responses by an average of 1.6 percent. 

The report finds that on the plus side, patients were most satisfied with the discharge instructions, with 81% expressing that opinion. 

In the negative column, patients were least satisfied with the quietness of their rooms and the explanations provided about the medications they were being given -- 55% and 58%, respectively.

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Survey: Are Americans Feeling Healthy?

Jim Arbogast/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Too many of us are overweight or obese, we’re not exercising enough, we’re still smoking and Alzheimer’s disease is rising. So how are we feeling about our health as a nation? Pretty good, actually. 

A survey by the National Center for Health Statistics on Americans’ general health assesses 15 health measures, such as health insurance coverage, rates of flu and pneumococcal vaccinations, obesity, smoking, diabetes, asthma and others.  Americans are also asked to rate their own general health as excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. 

Although the percentage of people who rated their health as excellent or very good decreased slightly from 69 percent to 66 percent from 1997 to 2010, some 90 percent of Americans still rate their health as good or better.  This positive self-assessment is particularly interesting if one considers that some measures of health have been decreasing.

For example, the percentage of people who failed to obtain medical coverage due to cost in the past 12 months increased from 4.5 percent in 1997 to seven percent in 2010.  Cases of obesity and diabetes increased from 19.5 percent to 28.2 percent and 5.3 percent to 8.4 percent, respectively.
Other changes are more positive.  Rates of flu and pneumococcal vaccinations also increased significantly, along with HIV testing.

The report also showed that smoking has decreased.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Majority of Women Would Have Sex Every Day to Keep Weight Under Control

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women will apparently do most anything, including have sex each and every day, in order to avoid gaining weight.  A recent survey of 1,000 women by Slim-Fast finds 59 percent of respondents would have sex every day if it meant losing weight and keeping it off.

Additional findings from the Slim-Fast survey:

    * 45 percent of women surveyed would never have another glass of wine or any other alcohol if it meant they would never gain another pound.
    * 35 percent would never have coffee if it meant they would never gain another pound.
    * 29 percent would never touch chocolate again if it meant they would never gain another pound.
    * When asked if they would give up their best friend to never gain another pound, only five percent of women surveyed would choose to never speak to their best friend again.

Women also were asked to identify their most significant motivation to slim down:

    * Get into a bathing suit for the summer -- 40 percent
    * New Year’s Resolution -- 33 percent
    * Weddings -- 25 percent
    * High school reunions -- 20 percent

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 


Survey: Over 700,000 Young Teens Drank Alcohol Last Month

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An estimated 709,000 young teenagers between the ages of 12 and 14 drank alcohol last month, according to a survey released Thursday.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that almost half of those who drank got the alcohol from their family or at home, indicating family members can play a direct and important role in reducing young adolescents' access to alcohol.

According to SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., "People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems."

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