Financial Worries Rank as Top Causes of Stress in the US, Globally—GfK Study

US women more likely than men to report stress from money,

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the US and around the world, financial problems easily claimed the
top spot among the causes of stress for people; with self-pressure
closely trailing in second place. The results are part of a new global
GfK survey investigating major causes of stress, using responses from
over 27,000 consumers in 22 countries.

Globally, the causes of stress nearly mirror those in the US. Money
(29%), self-pressure (27%) and the lack of sleep (23%) make up the US
top three. Lack of free time (22%) and work stress (19%) came in fourth
and fifth places, respectively.

US results track closely with global

In the US, the major causes of stress nearly match those globally.
Money, which was first globally, was also cited by 35% of US
respondents. In second place in the US is self-pressure, at 32%,
followed by lack of sleep (22%) and health and workload coming in at 20%

Men, women share stressors

US men and women cite identical causes of stress. Money, self-pressure
and lack of sleep made their way to the top three for both sexes,
mirroring the US and global results. Financial worries easily claimed
first place, with 28% of men and 42% of women sharing the concern.
Second, self-pressure claimed 25% of men and 38% of women. Third, lack
of sleep ranked at 20% of men and 23% of women. Workload and health
serve as the only slight point of difference between the sexes in the
US. In men, workload took fourth at 20% and health was fifth at 19%.
Women, on the other hand, evenly split health and workload, polling at
21% each.

Money worries show with age

As US consumers age, their top stressors undergo a dramatic shift.
Teenagers (ages 15 to 19) identify self-pressure as their biggest cause
of stress, with 49% of the vote. However, as soon as we reach the next
group (20 to 29 years old), money jumps from fifth to first place, cited
by 40% of respondents, and it holds the top spot for all subsequent age
groups. Self-pressure, which was first with the 15-to-19 group, slips
into second place (37%) among those in their twenties and holds that
position until we reach the 60+ group, where health takes second at 24%.

About the study

GfK conducted an online survey with over 27,000 consumers aged 15 or
older in 22 countries. Fieldwork was carried out over the summer 2015
and the data have been weighted to reflect the demographic composition
of the online population age 15+ in each market. The countries included
are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech
Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands,
Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.

About GfK

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David Stanton, 908-875-9844
Vice President
Marketing and Communications, Consumer Experiences
North America
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