Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 14, 2020

Ranks of visible tattoos, casual attire and non-traditional hair colors on the list of behaviors that are more acceptable today than they were in the past, according to research by Accountemps: 1, 2 (tie)

Percentage of senior managers who cited loosening societal standards as the top reason for the shift: 59

Percentage who said another reason was companies catering to younger professionals: 51

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of parents who now support using virtual learning for smaller-scale school disruptions, such as snow days, according to the results of research by Pearson and Connections Academy: 83

Percentage of parents who say that the disruption of school has added to overall feelings of stress and anxiety among young people: 89

Source: Pearson.

Percentage of people who are planning to tap their 401(k) today (41% for those laid off due to COVID-19), according to the SimplyWise survey: 24

Percentage who now plan to work in retirement: 72

Source: SimplyWise.

Percentage of women who said they'd be unlikely to consider dating a man with shirtless images displayed in their profile for a committed relationship, according to a survey by 76

Percentage of male dating profiles that contain at least one shirtless picture: 60

Percentage of female dating profiles that contain at least one bikini/bathing suit picture: 20

Percentage increase in overall match rates that this same group of women had compared to their covered-up counterparts: 40

Source: Group.

Percentage of students who said they have lost a job due to COVID-19 needed to help pay for college, according to a student survey conducted by Scholarship America: 30

Percentage who said a parent has lost a job: 28

Percentage who said they are not planning on enrolling in the fall because of COVID-19: 4

Source: Scholarship America.

Percentage of Americans who view "taking the first generation COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available" as a moderate or large risk, according to the Axios-Ipsos Index: 61

Percentage who view participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials as very risky: 69

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of parents who know their school's plans for the fall who report that their children will be in some level of remote education when school resumes, according to a survey conducted by Discount School Supply: 71

As schools continue to adjust their plans, percentage of families who are still unsure of their family's fall strategy: 25

Source: Discount School Supply.

Among the 16% of U.S. adults who think their finances will be worse this year, percentage who blamed the work done by political leaders in Washington, D.C., according to a survey by Bankrate: 44

Percentage of Americans who claim to have had at least one financial goal going into 2020: 83

Rank of "paying down debt" as the most popular goal: 1


Percentage of Americans who said they do not feel like they are saving enough to cover unexpected expenses that may come up in the future, according to a survey based on questions prepared by Varo Money: 90

Source: Varo Money.

Amid the ongoing uncertainty, percentage of shoppers who expect K-12 and college students will take at least some of their classes at home this fall, according to a survey by National Retail Federation: 55

Percentage who expect most or all classes will be taught in-person: 26

Of those expecting students to be at home, percentage who believe they will need to buy items like computers, home furnishings or other supplies to accommodate learning: 72

Source: NRF.

Idle Thought

"The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is." -- Nadine Gordimer, novelist, Nobel laureate

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