Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 04, 2020

Percentage of employees polled who say they have missed workplace banter during lockdown, according to a survey by Laundrapp: 40

Percentage who are looking forward to socializing with office colleagues: 34

Percentage who will miss spending time with the people they live with: 24

Source: Laundrapp.

Percentage of Americans who worry about job security this Labor Day, according to a survey by WalletHub: 33

Percentage of people who think that Congress should continue to give extra unemployment benefits until the pandemic ends: 74

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of adult women in the U.S. who find men who wear a face mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic sexier than those who do not (including women who are currently in a relationship with a non-mask wearer), according to a survey for the sexual wellness brand Royal: 88

Source: Royal/Take Shape PR.

Percentage of U.S. adults who are worried about the rising price of groceries, according to an American Staffing Association survey: 75

Ranks of the overall cost of living rising, stock market ups and downs and retirement funds losing money on the list of top reasons U.S. adults are worried about reinstatement of stay-at-home orders in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence in the next year: 2, 3, 4

Source: American Staffing Association.

Percentage of learners who say the pandemic has fundamentally changed education as we know it and they believe there is little likelihood of ever returning to the pre-COVID world of fully in-person work and learning, according to the results of a survey conducted by Pearson: 75

Percentage of learners globally who say online learning will be a permanent part of primary, secondary and higher education moving forward: 88

Percentage of people who say that the pandemic has permanently changed the way people work: 77

Source: Pearson.

This year, percentage of Americans who say they had planned to spend money on big-ticket items, such as buying a new car, paying off debt, going on a vacation abroad or buying a new house, according to a survey by N26: 61

As new challenges and priorities emerged with the crisis, percentage of people who were forced to cancel or postpone such spending: 63

Percentage of people in this situation who lost money because of canceled plans (with an average loss of $759): 39

Percentage who actually saved money as a result: 71

Average amount saved by those who held onto their money: $2,102.

Source: N26.

Percentage of students who lack consistent access to high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, according to a new survey from Visual Objects: 51

Despite expected issues of cheating and technology accessibility, percentage of students who are comfortable taking online courses: 55

Percentage who believe remote learning will not affect their grades: 47

Source: Visual Objects.

Percentage of people who said they've left the kitchen while cooking on the stove, according to an American Red Cross survey: 70

Percentage who left the room or fell asleep while burning candles: 33

Percentage of adults who reported not purchasing a fire alarm because of the expense -- representing nearly 33 million Americans, which is greater than the population of Texas: 10

Source: American Red Cross.

Percentage of homeowners who live in high-risk states for hurricanes who feel prepared for the current hurricane season, according to research by ValuePenguin: 86

Percentage who haven't actually made any preparations: 33

Percentage of homeowners in hurricane-prone states who have no idea how much hurricane-related insurance coverage they need to be fully protected: 45


While 90% of high school seniors state they are moderately to extremely knowledgeable about all the financing options for college, percentage who either do not plan to or aren't yet sure if they'll fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to research by Ascent Funding: 32

Percentage of high school seniors who plan to apply for merit-based aid or scholarships to pay for college: 44

Percentage who are already planning to work specifically to pay for the cost of their education, adding distractions to their studies prior to even being on campus and settling in to college life: 56

Source: Ascent Funding.

Idle Thought

"We haven't yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses." -- Lewis Thomas, physician and author

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