Make ‘em, break ‘em, execute them, or wallow in self pity – what do you do to keep motivated? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

Do ‘quit’ synonyms populate your list of new year’s resolutions this year? Do quit smoking, consume less sugar and spend less time being sedentary sound familiar? Is your list’s close resemblance to last year's – and quite possibly the year before that's – emblematic of your unsuccessful execution? Is this, perhaps, a forecast of what lies ahead? Then fear not, you are in abundant company.

Research shows that a mere 8% of those who make New Year’s Resolutions are actually able to meet their goals sometime during those 365 days, according to a study from the University of Scranton that was complied by Statistic Brain

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Being so well versed in the negative side effects of addictions and laziness, it comes as no surprise to learn that a third of those asked said that they hoped their partners would lose weight in 2017, according to a new survey conducted by online local services marketplace

Comprehension begins to fold in the realisation that only 8% of those surveyed counted giving up cigarettes as one of their resolutions, compared to a staggering 1 in 10 people whose priority is, simply, to reduce their use of social media in 2017.

The impact of quitting nicotine may be more immediate and, in some ways, more testing than switching off the screen. However, the survey found that 11% of participants intend to rest their thumbs and ditch the idle newsfeed scroll this year, which is a 3% increase on those willing to part with their Superkings. 

Despite perhaps being the largest influencer in our ever-moving mission to improve ourselves, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have all been linked, by psychologists, to raging levels of dissatisfaction and depression. In many respects this also makes social media our greatest de-motivator.

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Mai-Ly Steers, researcher at at University of Houston's Department of Psychology, conducted a study into the psychological impact of comparing oneself with others on our Facebook newsfeeds. 

Steers investigation found that a relationship between the time spent on the site and depressive symptoms was mediated by social comparisons on Facebook.

Perhaps if we all took a breather from social media we could find a space to feel more positively about our own lives and not just others, thus, spur a dominoe-effect exposition towards achieving our longest-running aspirations.