Social media is negatively affecting the health of people from Swansea, according to new research into the nation’s habits from Money Expert.
The survey which centred around both positive and negative habits revealed that people in Swansea are the most negatively impacted by content on social media.
Half (50%), say they have been influenced to pick up bad habits like smoking and drinking after seeing them online.
Almost half of the city (48%) say they are overwhelmed by the conflicting health advice they see, and over a third (36%) are depressed by news on health and wellbeing.
With that said, there seems to be a desire to improve this, with 26% saying they need greater access to services or amenities that would help them live a healthier lifestyle.
The survey also revealed the top 10 UK cities most interested in healthy habits, based on the number of searches related to health and wellbeing practises in each location.
The top 10 healthy habit hotspots in the UK:
|Rank||City||No. of searches per 10,000 people|
Durham was revealed as the most inquisitive city when it comes to healthy habits. Here people were most interested in their recommended water consumption, meditation, yoga and pilates.
The research also revealed that when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, not everyone has access to the services and amenities to help break bad habits.
These are the top five cities where residents said they were in need of better access to health and wellness services:
Discussing the results, Philip Stubbins, Managing Director at Money Expert said, “Breaking bad habits can be extremely difficult and with the many sources of conflicting advice, a lack of access to relevant services and amenities, and time spent consuming potentially negative content, it can be difficult to pinpoint how exactly you can make positive lifestyle changes.”
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