Regrets? Had a few? Strains of "My Way" notwithstanding, Americans do have more than a few regrets -- and they are primarily about love. Family relations, education and career followed for the what-could-have-been crowd, a new study says.
Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne analyzed a phone survey of 370 adults who were asked to describe one thing they regretted in detail.
Love and work seem to divide the sexes in the regret department. Women were found to have more regrets about romance than men (44 percent vs. 19 percent, respectively) and men had more work-oriented regrets than women (34 percent compared to 27 percent).
This statement about the study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science says:
"--Individuals who were not currently in a relationship were most likely to have romance regrets;
--People were evenly divided on regrets of situations that they acted on vs. those that they did not act on. People who regretted events that they did not act on tended to hold on longer to that regret over time.