Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 09, 2021

Percentage of Americans who say they always/sometimes feel as though no one knows them well, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Cigna: 54

Percentage who report sometimes or always feeling alone and/or feeling left out: 47

Percentage who say they lack companionship, that their relationships are not meaningful or that they are isolated from others: 43

Percentage who say they are no longer close to anyone: 39

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of "the seat kicker/bumper/grabber," "the aromatic passenger," "the inattentive parent," "personal space violators" and "the audio insensitive" on the list of the most irritating flight passengers, according to a survey by Expedia: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who believe personal finance should be a required course to graduate from high school, according to an Equifax survey: 90

Number of states that require high school students to take a course in personal finance, according to a 2018 study conducted by the Council for Economic Education: 17

Source: Equifax.

Percentage of Americans who desire a meaningful change in their lives, according to a survey conducted by Brant Menswar and Jim Trick, co-authors of the new book, "Rock 'N' Roll With It: Overcoming the Challenge of Change": 87

Ranks of discipline, money, fear and time on the list of greatest obstacles stopping people from making a change: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: "Rock 'N' Roll With It: Overcoming the Challenge of Change."

Percentage of employees who say a workplace where people are treated equally -- regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race or religion -- is important to them, according to a survey by Randstad-USA: 78

Percentage of female workers who believe their employers could do more to promote gender equality and diversity: 56

Percentage of male workers who agree: 52

Source: Randstad-USA.

Estimated number of Americans who are planning a foreign trip this year, according to a report from WalletHub: 72 million

Percentage of credit cards that offer rental car insurance: 96

Percentage that offer travel accident insurance: 86

Percentage that offer a form of luggage insurance: 37

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of audiologists and speech-language pathologists who say the No. 1 barrier to early identification of communication disorders is lack of awareness about the warning signs among parents, according to a poll by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 46

Percentage who say parents of young children are not aware of the early warning signs of speech/language disorders: 69

Percentage who say that, on average, the symptoms of hearing loss are going undetected in children for 1 year or longer: 32

Source: ASHA.

Percentage of Americans who would spend upward of $20,000 on their kitchen remodel this season, according to a Delta Faucet survey: 25

Ranks of Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Mother's Day on the list of the most kitchen-centric spring or summer holidays: 1, 2, 3

Source: Delta Faucet.

Percentage of homeowners who do not ever plan to move, according to a report: 62

Percentage who plan on moving in the next half-decade: 21

Percentage who say they are likely to remodel, upgrade or add to their current home during that time: 35


Number of Americans who are affected by nasal allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and reported in a survey by FilterBuy conducted by Radius Global Market Research: 50 million

Percentage of respondents who worry about the air they breathe in their home: 60

Source: FilterBuy.

Idle Thought

"Bad weather always looks worse through a window." -- Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter and mathematician