Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 05, 2020

Percentage of people who feel bike riding helps to relieve stress/anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Trek Bicycle survey: 63

Percentage of Americans who own a bike who turn to bike riding for mental health and/or to destress: 27

Source: Trek Bicycle Corp.

Percentage of Americans who say they are using or intend to use telemedicine during the pandemic, according to a study by HealthInsurance.com: 47

Percentage who said they have received correspondence from their doctor or health insurance company about telemedicine services: 33

Percentage who were not aware you can just purchase a telemedicine plan: 85

Source: HealthInsurance.com.

While 81% of parents believe teachers need more training in online teaching, percentage who feel that their child's teacher has done a good job teaching and supporting students during this time, according to the results of research by Pearson and Connections Academy: 88

Percentage of parents who say closing schools was the right call: 94

Percentage who believe schools need to be better prepared to switch to virtual learning programs: 91

Source: Pearson.

According to the 2020 SKYN Sex and Intimacy survey, percentage of male respondents who learn about sex from pornography: 67

Source: 2020 SKYN.

Percentage of Americans who are now recycling multiple times a week, according to research commissioned by ecoATM Gazelle: 59

Percentage who say the pandemic has inspired them to waste less food: 31

Source: ecoATM Gazelle.

With controlling fixed costs, such as payroll, a critical consideration amid economic decline, percentage of companies that have either decreased or frozen salaries, according to a survey from executive compensation consultancy Pearl Meyer: 16

Percentage who have done so for hourly employees: 7

Percentage of companies who have reduced or eliminated employer contributions or matches to their retirement plan: 6

Source: Pearl Meyer and Partners.

Percentage of Americans who say they are less likely to take a cruise once the pandemic is over, according to a survey by ValuePenguin.com: 55

Percentage who are more fearful of overseas travel: 52

Percentage of Americans who are planning a celebratory trip once the threat of the coronavirus disappears, with the highest percentages among millennials, Gen Xers, parents of children under 18 and six-figure earners: 25

Source: ValuePenguin.com.

Estimated number of Americans who are spending more money while social distancing, according to a WalletHub survey: 58 million

Percentage who have participated in "comfort buying" due to social isolation: 43

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of Americans who are concerned about job loss as a result of the pandemic, according to a survey by KPMG LLP: 57

Percentage who are worried about the future of their industry: 56

Percentage who expressed concern about technology replacing their jobs: 44

Source: KPMG LLP.

Idle Thought

"He serves his party best who serves the country best." -- Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president (1822-1893)

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)