The first-ever Bubble Wrap® Brand “Pop” Poll stress survey found that 77 percent of Americans are more stressed or as stressed today than they were one year ago. Close to one-third of the nation (32 percent) believes that there is a better shot for the national debt to be erased than a life without stress.

As part of the 12th Annual Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day, Sealed Air Corporation, the makers of Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, conducted the Bubble Wrap “Pop” Poll to gauge the current stress level of Americans and reinforce the surprise stress-relieving benefits of popping Bubble Wrap. The survey, conducted by Kelton Research, reveals that just over one minute of popping Bubble Wrap provides stress relief equivalent to a 33 minute massage.

The survey also shows that Americans who have popped Bubble Wrap in the last seven days are less stressed about their health than those without as much recent Bubble Wrap material popping experience. The “Pop” Poll also found that 69 percent of workers would take a pay cut to ensure that they would never be stressed on the job again.

“Bubble Wrap was originally intended as a form of textured wallpaper, but has transformed into an unexpected “pop” culture icon, becoming most recognized for the satisfying release that comes with the popping of each bubble,” says William V. Hickey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sealed Air. “Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is the one day that fans from around the world can truly relieve some of their daily stress by popping Bubble Wrap materials.”

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