Washington: More than half of Americans engage in retail therapy to cheer themselves up, according to a new survey. The survey found that nearly 64 percent of women and 40 percent of men boost their mood with shopping, media reported.

The study suggested that women usually shop for clothes while men prefer to spend money on food items. Other popular items for women also included food, shoes, accessories, and books and magazines, while men also splurged on electronics, music and films, clothes, and games and toys.

The study, which was funded by Ebates.com, surveyed 1,000 American adults and the data was collected in March. The findings showed that one out of three American women believe retail therapy improves a person's mood compared to one out of five American men.

The survey found that nearly 19 percent of participants said to improve their mood after a bad day at work, followed by more than 14 percent who shop after bad news and more than 12 percent who do so after a fight with a significant other.

It was also found that around 66.6 percent of the participants said that online shopping provides better retail therapy than physical shopping.

(Agencies)

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