How often do you … ?

For the past two weeks or so, we’ve asked you to register your responses to the “How often do you … ?” survey questions.

As mentioned, the survey questions were posed to the readers of the Times-Union newspaper in Albany, NY. Here’s the article, with the responses their readers gave, that appeared in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era on January 16.

How often do you… ? BY KRISTI GUSTAFSON BARLETTE, Albany Times Union

From brushing teeth to changing the sheets to washing the car, we all have varying frequencies for the necessities in life.

We took a look at the norm for some of life’s “musts.”

The percentages listed are based on the results of an unofficial online poll on the On the Edge blog on

1. – How often do you brush your teeth?

  • Twice a day — morning and night (66 percent)
  • Once a day — the morning is more than sufficient (27 percent)
  • Every time I eat (7 percent)

Fact: Nationally, the average is 1.1 times/day, according Dr. Harold Katz, founder of The California Breath Clinics who has done extensive research into oral hygiene.

2. – How often do you change the sheets on your bed?

  • Once every two weeks (41 percent)
  • Once a week (32 percent)
  • Around the time it seems they could get off the bed on their own and walk away (27 percent)

Fact: Sixty percent of Americans let two weeks or more go by between bedsheet changes, according to a poll by AOL Health.

3 – How often do you grocery shop?

  • I hit up the store once a week and get everything I need (70 percent)
  • Pretty much every day (22 percent)
  • Forget the grocery store, that’s what restaurants are for (8 percent)

Fact: The average shopper goes to the supermarket 1.69 times per week, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

4 – How often do you check your (personal) email?

  • Constantly — it feeds directly to my smartphone (69 percent)
  • Once a day (22 percent)
  • I log on when I think of it — a few times a week (9 percent)

Fact: The average smartphone user checks his or her email 34 times a day, according to a study in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

5 – How often do you wash your hair?

  • Every morning (60 percent)
  • Every other day — my hair does well with a little dirt and oil (37 percent)
  • Once a week when I go to the salon for a blowout (3 percent)

Fact: Americans, on average, wash their hair 4.59 times per week, according to an NPR study.

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