Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 18, 2020

Percentage of Americans who say their interest in sex has not changed during the pandemic, according to a study by Ipsos Public Affairs: 60

Percentage who say it has increased: 18

Percentage who disagree that the pandemic has made it hard to keep the spark alive in their relationship/marriage: 66

Percentage who agree it's been hard to keep the spark alive: 23

Percentage who feel they can be completely honest with their partner right now, with two-thirds agreeing that they are more in love than ever before: 81

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of getting a haircut/restyle/dye, reorganizing their work bag, and dry cleaning or laundering work clothes on the list of the most common things workers are planning to do to prepare for a return to the office, according to a survey by Laundrapp: 1, 2, 3

Source: Laundrapp.

Percentage of male employees who believe everyone has a fair chance to advance at their company, according to a survey by Clutch: 59

Percentage of female employees who agree: 43

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of people in their 50s and 60s who are now planning to retire earlier than they had anticipated, according to the September 2020 Retirement Confidence Index from SimplyWise: 10

Percentage of people who lost their job due to COVID-19 who are now planning to retire earlier than anticipated: 15

Source: SimplyWise.

Percentage of U.S. parents who are uncomfortable with their kids going back to school, according to data taken from a survey by Dynata: 55

Percentage who say they are comfortable with a return to school: 33

Percentage who want their kids back to school immediately (13% say within the next month): 16

Source: Dynata.

Percentage of travelers who state that the coronavirus is their reason for delaying travel, and avoiding public spaces is atop the priority list if and when they decide to hit the road, according to RVshare: 69

Percentage who said they want to avoid public restrooms: 74

Percentage who want to avoid restaurants when traveling: 62

Source: RVshare.

Percentage of shoppers who are eating at home more often since the pandemic began, according to a research report from Acosta: 55

Percentage of shoppers who are eating breakfast at home every day, compared to 33% pre-COVID: 44

Percentage who are eating lunch at home every day, compared to 18% pre-COVID: 31

Percentage who are eating dinner at home every day, compared to 21% pre-COVID: 33

Source: Acosta.

Percentage of parents who say the benefits of online learning outweigh concerns over screen time (up from 70% in February), according to the results of research by Pearson and Connections Academy: 81

Percentage who say technology is helping their child to be more self-sufficient (up from 80% in February): 84

Source: Pearson.

When asked why they don't have life insurance, percentage of Americans who said it would be too expensive -- estimating that it would cost $300/year or more, according to a survey from Erie Insurance: 38

Percentage of those who buy insurance who say they want to have money to leave as an inheritance for loved ones: 37

Percentage of those who buy it who say it's so their loved ones would have money to pay for funeral expenses: 37

Source: Erie Insurance.

Percentage of parents who have either reduced or stopped work completely to educate their children from home, according to the results of a survey by 42

Of those, percentage who have reduced their hours by 50% or more: 30

Percentage who stopped work altogether: 16

Source: Homeschool Expert.

Idle Thought

"I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree." -- (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer, journalist and poet (1886-1918)

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