Nashville, TN - According to an overnight study by Vanderberg University, optimism for the new year peaked at 12:02 a.m. on January 1, 2022.
"This is in line with the 2021 numbers, but shorter than the historic average peak of 12:15 a.m.," said lead researcher Bob Roberts.
Roberts says there is more work to do to find out root causes, but scientists believe the reduction in optimism is due to a global shortage of New Years' party favors.
Roberts told reporters, "It's hard to sustain excitement for a new year without fun party whistles or confetti poppers. The shortage has really dampened the mood of the nation."
When asked whether global illness, travel delays, political division, international tensions, inflation, crime, or climate change concerns contributed to the decline, Roberts told reporters, "Possible, but highly unlikely. We continue to hypothesize it is the lack of party favors."
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