Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 06, 2020

Percentage of Americans who plan on traveling to visit family for the holidays -- with more than two-thirds reporting they will be traveling by car or RV, according to an RVshare survey: 47

Though 55% of people are less confident about their holiday travel plans compared to last year, percentage who have already decided they will not be flying over the holidays: 80

Source: RVshare.

Percentage of same-gender newlyweds who took a "buddymoon," compared to 23% of different-gender newlyweds, according to research by 42

Percentage of same-gender newlyweds who said they never wanted to marry prior to meeting their partner, compared with just 9% of different-gender newlyweds: 23

Percentage of men who deemed their wedding day a lifelong dream, compared to 27% of women: 32


Ranks of updating their resumes, reaching out for career help, developing new skills through free training and exploring a career change on the list of top actions to improve career prospects, according to a survey by Champlain College Online: 1, 2, 3, 4

When asked questions about the current employment and economic landscape, percentage of respondents who agreed that staying current and developing new skills is a requirement in today's competitive job market: 78

Source: Champlain College.

Percentage of remote workers who admit to bad behavior while participating in virtual brainstorm meetings from home (and 1 in 10 have used the bathroom while on a call), according to a study released by Lucid: 62

Percentage of remote workers who met with their colleagues in person against company protocol over the past few months: 17

Percentage of the folks in the C-suite who were the worst offenders: 43

Source: Lucid Marketing.

Percentage of U.S. adults who have reused online passwords, the most common questionable behavior when ensuring personal data security, according to a new report from 80

In the past year, ranks of saving passwords on a computer or phone, saving payment information on a computer or phone, using public Wi-Fi and using an ATM somewhere other than a financial institution on the list of questionable behaviors: 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage of U.S. adults who have received a false fraud alert concerning one of their credit or debit cards: 43


Percentage of U.S. workers who are contemplating professional or lifestyle changes that will impact the workplace going forward, according to a survey by Weber Shandwick and United Minds: 61

Percentage who say they plan to work from home full or part time in the future: 41

Percentage of workers with children who say they plan to work from home full or part time in the future: 52

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Percentage of women who have been discriminated against due to their hairstyle, according to research by All Things Hair: 44.3

Percentage who have been told their hairstyles are not professional: 46.5

Percentage of women who feel pressured to wear their hair differently at work: 52.3

Source: All Things Hair.

Percentage of people across the world who feel that life will never be the same again, an increase of 5% since April, according to Cigna's latest research: 18

Percentage of people in the United States who say the same: 25

Percentage of people in Mainland China who say the same: 5

Source: Cigna Corp.

Percentage of Americans who are spending more time at home than ever before, with the resulting behavior changes creating unforeseen health consequences, like physical pain, constipation and even hemorrhoids, according to research commissioned by Preparation H: 80

Percentage of respondents who reveal they've experienced new aches and pains due to how inactive they've become since the quarantine began: 60

Percentage of Americans who feel they are now living a more sedentary lifestyle: 63

Source: Preparation H.

Of those parents already schooling from home during COVID, percentage who are home-schooling with a parent/caregiver as the primary educator, according to a survey by 21

Percentage who are schooling online through a public school: 74

Percentage who are schooling online through a private school: 5

Source: Homeschool Expert.

Idle Thought

"An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc." -- Henri Matisse, artist

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