A light in a dark world is no longer the most popular thing to do in America, according to a new study.
The study found that people in the United States are “no longer willing to give up their lights in the daytime,” the New York Times reports.
The survey was conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to find out how Americans feel about night-time lighting.
“The majority of respondents (69%) said they would never opt out of lighting at night, even if the lights were harmful to their health,” the Times reports, citing the AASM survey results.
The Times added that people are “more likely to feel safer when light pollution is controlled.”
The study surveyed 5,000 adults across the country, and found that nearly three-quarters of people surveyed said they were happy to be able to have a light at night.
The majority (57%) of those surveyed said their homes were dark enough that they felt safe to be outside.
However, only about a quarter of respondents said they felt comfortable leaving their lights on at night because of safety concerns, the Times noted.
According to the survey, “a significant minority of respondents reported being worried about how much light they were giving off in the night, and nearly half (46%) said the amount of light they gave off at night was too much for their comfort.”
The report concluded, “It is important to note that our results suggest that Americans have changed their minds about lighting at nighttime.”
A poll of 7,000 Americans conducted by NBC News last month found that a majority of Americans are “satisfied with how much the U.S. economy is producing, with more than seven in 10 (70%) saying they are satisfied with their jobs.”
“Despite these improvements, the economy continues to be in a state of flux, with no signs of recovery in many sectors,” the report added.