As materialistic as we may seem to be, we really do value the important stuff — like family and memories — over mere things. At least, that’s what Allstate’s survey of 1,000 American adults in 2016 discovered! You can download the entire collection of findings from Allstate’s “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey here or just take a glance at some of the key findings from the survey, as described below. We think you’ll feel a little better about yourself — and your neighbors — knowing that most of us really do appreciate value beyond the monetary.
We Value Our Homes
Sixty-two per cent of Americans consider their homes to be “very important” to them, making their residence top the list of their most prized possessions. (Renters are also less likely than those who own their homes to express an emotional attachment to their homes, though.) Not surprisingly, homeowners were more likely to consider themselves to be living in their “dream home”; 44% of homeowners consider their current homes to match their ideal, compared to only 16% of renters.
From follow-up questions about why we value our homes, Allstate discovered that many people value their homes so highly not only because they provide for basic needs such as shelter and security, but also because they represent the memories and time spent together with family as well as friends.
We Value Our Memories
Second only to our homes, most Americans prize photographs and other items that reflect personal memories and family history. The majority of adults in the U.S. plan to pass their family videos, photos, and other mementos on to the next generation. Those kinds of keepsakes are typically viewed (about 70% of the time) via technology — whether on social media, phones, or computers. At the same time, about 1/3 of American adults also view hard copies of photos. And maybe it’s the way we access our favorite memories that actually explains the reason for the third category of items we value most highly: our screens.
We Value Our Technology
Under this umbrella, we’re talking about computers and tablets, smart phones and mp3 players — basically, all the gadgets and devices that help keep us connected to what we really value most: people. Over 50% of those surveyed say that their computers are their top-ranked possessions. Handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets come in as the next-most-coveted device. For more than 60% of American adults, though, the TV outranks newer technology as the top entertainment item that they own.
We Value Other Stuff
After the top three items listed above — our homes, our photos, and our screens — the typical American values a few other items quite highly. Those items include automobiles. On average, households possess 2 vehicles, and over 30% of Americans even name their vehicles! After our cars, more than half of Americans say they consider their clothing and jewelry to be important to them.
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