Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 16, 2021

Percentage of millennials who ranked teeth as the No. 1 thing they would save or maintain about their body, compared to baby boomers' preference for saving their eyesight, according to a survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists: 24

Percentage of women who feel strongly that saving their natural teeth helps them feel better about themselves, compared to 51% of men: 61

Source: American Association of Endodontists.

Rank of "online" on the list of places where singles most often meet, according to a survey by 1

Percentage of singles who have had a "friend with benefits" relationship: 55

Percentage who have seen such a relationship turn serious: 45

Percentage who build the friendship first, known as hanging out, where they skip the sex and haven't gone out on an official first date: 40


When visiting a friend or relative's house that is very cluttered, percentage of Americans who say they would suffer quietly, according to a survey by OfferUp: 46

Percentage who say they would avoid going back: 28

Source: OfferUp.

Percentage of parents who underestimate the risks of spring sun and tend to forget to apply sunscreen on their children during the first days of spring, according to a study by parent magazine 96

Percentage who overestimate the length of time their child can spend in the sun safely: 80

Percentage of all children who have already experienced a mild to severe sunburn this spring: 31


Estimated number of hours Americans spend doing their taxes each year, according to research by WalletHub: 8 billion

Number of hours the average person spends doing taxes each year: 12

Average amount they spend completing their 1040: $230

Percentage of tax returns that are expected to be filed electronically: 90

Expected average refund in 2021: $3,021

Source: WalletHub.

While the pandemic canceled many vacation plans in 2020, percentage of cooped-up travelers who are planning at least one road trip this year, according to a survey from Erie Insurance: 50

Percentage who say they would like to, but it depends on the status of the pandemic: 30

Ranks of visiting loved ones, beach-bound or seeking outdoor adventure at a national park on the list of most popular places to go: 1, 2, 3

Source: Erie Insurance.

Percentage of Americans who now know someone who has received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: 92

Percentage of Americans who say they saw friends or family in the last week, the highest number since the pandemic began: 55

Percentage who say they went out to eat in the last week: 45

Source: Ipsos.

Percentage of Americans who said "regret" was the leading feeling after an impulsive shopping session, according to a survey by 44

Percentage who felt indifference: 32

Percentage who felt as though they didn't have enough funds for something they actually needed (such as rent, school fees, loan repayments): 19


Percentage of parents of undergraduate college students who say that paying for college in a pandemic is more challenging than in previous years, according to College Ave Student Loans: 85

Percentage of parents planning to help their child pay for college who said the pandemic changed how they planned to pay: 45

Percentage of families who found it difficult to find college scholarships: 66

Source: College Ave Student Loans.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, percentage of employees who have worked outside their home state or country, according to the Adapt survey by Topia: 28

Ranks of high pay, flexibility to work remotely, professional development and culture on the list of the most important issues for employees: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of employees who agree that they should be able to work from wherever they want as long as they get their work done: 91

Source: Topia.

Idle Thought

"Trust is the first step to love." -- Premchand, novelist and poet