CHARLOTTE, N.C: If you've ever felt so moved by your financial situation that you cried over it, you're far from alone. According to a recent survey by CompareCards.com, nearly 70pc of Americans admit to becoming emotional over their finances.
Crying about money is common. Around 7 in 10 Americans say they have cried over something related to their finances.
It's been a tough year for many. 57% of Americans said they teared up sometime this year — usually because they were upset.
Young people are especially likely to say they've cried recently. Nearly 48% of millennials between the ages of 23 and 38 said they've cried over money at least once in the past month. A similar proportion of Generation Z members between the ages of 18 and 22 said the same.
Money is a chief stressor for a major portion of the population. At least 4 in 10 Americans agree with the statement, Nothing makes me cry more than money.
Debt is by far the biggest stressor driving people to tears. Employment stress and living expenses also weigh heavily.
Political divisions even extend to debt. Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they cried because of student debt.
Crying about money is common
Among those who have cried because of money, most say they were brought to tears fairly recently. For example
36% of respondents said they cried sometime in the past month.
21% said they cried sometime in the past year.
Just 13% of people who said they've cried over money said it's been more than a year since the last time money brought them to tears.
Not every respondent cried because they were feeling upset, though. A number of respondents said they were moved to tears by happy events that made their lives richer or less financially stressful. For example
Almost three-fourths of respondents said they cried because of negative emotions. However, 29% said they cried because they were happy.
For example, 13% cried because of a financial windfall.
12% were moved to tears by a gift.
Men were twice as likely as women to say they were moved to tears by a positive event related to their finances.
People with larger incomes are more likely to say they were moved to tears by something positive.
Young people are especially likely to say they've cried recently
Young people in their 20s and 30s are much more likely than older generations to become emotional over money, the survey found — perhaps because many are dealing with more acute financial stressors.
Members of both Generation Y and Generation Z, for example, are more than twice as likely as baby boomers to have recently cried about their finances. They are also more likely to say that student loans, personal loan debt, auto loans or credit card debt have, at times, brought them to tears. In addition, millennials are significantly more likely than their baby boomer parents to say they've cried over their mortgage or rent payments.
Many 20- and 30-somethings are also first-time parents and are raising kids on a limited budget, which may also be contributing to their stress. According to the CompareCards survey, for example, parents of minors are substantially more likely than other Americans to say they've recently cried over their finances.
Money is a chief stressor for a major portion of the population
At least 4 in 10 Americans agree with the statement, Nothing makes me cry more than money.
Men are more likely than women to agree with that statement. For example, 47% of men agree that money makes them more emotional than anything else, compared to 34% of women.
Millennials — many of whom are saddled with student loan debt, building their careers or raising young families — are also twice as likely as baby boomers to agree.
Debt is by far the biggest stressor driving people to tears
The top stressors causing people to cry, for example, include
Household debt 31% of people say their overall debt situations have made them emotional.
High-interest credit card balances 20% of respondents said credit card debt in particular had made them cry.
Unemployment 15% of people said they cried over a lost job.
Cost of living problems 14% of respondents said that rent or mortgage issues made them tearful.
A cramped budget 14% of people said that drafting or attempting to stick to a budget led them to tears.
Besides credit card debt and housing debt, a number of Americans say they're stressed out by
Student loan debt 13%
Medical debt 12%
Personal loan debt 10%
Several other financial stressors have also pushed people to tears, such as
Credit scores 13%
Identity theft 6%
The stock market 5%
Meanwhile, 7% said they had other reasons for feeling emotional. Another 5% said that none of the common stressors listed had ever brought them to tears.
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