Study: streaming services are helpful (but can be stressful)

Between streaming services, food delivery, and fitness, it seems there’s a subscription service for just about everything. A majority (95%) of Americans say they believe subscription-based business models will become more prominent over the next few years, but consumers’ feelings about them are mixed.

A new nationwide survey from SurePayRoll, a company that “helps U.S. small business owners succeed by providing payroll and related services through innovation and world-class support,” found that despite being enrolled in them, only 22% of Americans strongly favor subscription services. And 38% say they actually add stress to their life rather than relieve it. Here are some highlights from the report: 

  • The 5 most popular types of subscriptions: entertainment, technology, food/drink delivery, wellness, shopping 
  • 31% of those with a subscription share or split the payment with another
  • 63% say they have just the right amount of subscriptions… while 20% say they have too many subscriptions

Convenience is the main reason people say they sign up for subscriptions and 1-in-10 believe the services do help them save money in the long run.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.