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Are Americans Having Enough Fun?

Are Americans Having Enough Fun? Credit: Bumper cars image via Shutterstock

It seems it might be a little too much work and not enough play for Americans lately.

A new study by Trident revealed the economy and limited personal time are taking a toll on the amount of fun people are having. Less than 20 percent of those surveyed can't remember the last time they had a good time, while fewer than 18 percent of people reported doing something just for fun each day.

"We found that people simply lack the time these days to have spontaneous fun," said Leslie Philipsen, senior brand manager at Trident.

Those most in need of more excitement, according to the study, include accountants, police officers, lawyers and doctors.

The research suggests people's ability to have fun is dependent upon their cash at hand. More than half of those surveyed believe their fun is limited by the money they have.

When it comes to who is having the most amusement, about a third of Americans said a friend is the most fun person they know, while 16 percent point to themselves as the most entertaining person in their social circles.

Those in search of more enjoyment should consider relocating to Atlanta, which the study ranked as the most fun city in the country. The rest of the top 10 included:

  • New York
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston
  • Houston
  • Philadelphia

The study was based on surveys of 5,000 Americans, including 400 in each of the country's top 10 media markets.

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.