In a new report titled Glass-Half-Full Glasses, Americans are buying more glassware than ever before, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center.
The survey found that the number of Americans who say they have a glass of milk in their home rose to a record 2.9 million last year, up more than 50 percent since 2012.
Pew said Americans’ average glass of water rose by 8.4 percent in 2016.
The report notes that Americans are also purchasing more glasses of beer than ever, from nearly 1.1 million in 2015 to 1.7 million in 2016, a jump of nearly 80 percent.
The trend is especially apparent in the South, where glass is still more popular, with the Pew survey finding that in 2016 more than 2.6 million Americans had a glass in their kitchen or bathroom.
In the Northeast, however, glass continues to lose popularity, with just 0.3 million Americans saying they have glasses in their homes.
That represents a drop of nearly 70 percent from the last time Pew asked the question in 2012, when the survey found just over 2.3 millions Americans had glass in the home.
Pew is releasing the report today ahead of the annual glassware conference, which is scheduled for June 26-27 in San Francisco.
The Pew survey also found that Americans tend to use more disposable items such as kitchen utensils, while older adults and those living in homes with children are increasingly opting to purchase non-perishable items such toasters, microwaves, and dishwashers.
“Glass-half full” glasses, however are still popular among the general population.
More than 70 percent of Americans say they own a glassware they could use to toast a meal or drink coffee, and that number is up from 57 percent in 2015, according the survey.
A majority of Americans are happy with their glassware, as well.
While Americans use more glass than ever in their households, Pew found that they’re just as likely to have a bottle of wine, beer, or liquor as they are to own a full glass.
While nearly half of Americans still say they use a full-size glass of wine in their dining room, Pew said that number has dropped from about a third in the early 2000s to about a quarter now.
“The glass-Half Full Glasses” report notes, “While Americans are getting more glasses for the price of a cup of coffee, they’re also getting fewer glasses per capita for the same price.
A large share of Americans now say that they do not use a glass for drinking or consuming beverages.
The most common reason for this shift is the cost of the glass.
A recent report by the Institute of Medicine found that in 2015 people spent an average of $7.50 on their glass of beverage.
While this number may seem small, in the past several years, more Americans have begun to use nonperishable glassware in their kitchens and bathrooms, and this trend is expected to continue.
The study notes that this trend could mean a “glass-half empty” glassware trend in the coming years.