Poll: Canadians will give up much to save money, but not sex

April 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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TORONTO, April 23 (UPI) -- Half of Canadians say they don't save monthly, but 72 percent say they would give up social media in exchange for $250 a month in extra savings, a survey says.

The survey by ING DIRECT found many Canadians would relinquish what most consider "hard to live without" items or activities for a certain period of time -- for a hypothetical $250 a month in extra savings.

Seventy-eight percent of Canadian men and 67 percent of women would be willing to say goodbye to social media -- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram -- in exchange for the extra savings.

Sixty-seven percent of Canadians said they would give up trips to the hairdresser, nail salon or shaving in return for $250 more savings each month.

Sixty-four percent said they would easily turn down three months of entertainment, such as eating out, going to the movies and watching sporting events, for the savings, but those age 55 and older were least likely to give up entertainment.

However, most were not willing to give up sex -- 44 percent said they would not give up six months of sex, but women (37 percent) were far more willing to abstain than their male counterparts (26 percent).

The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,506 Canadian adults Feb. 26. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5. percentage points.

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