Percentage of Gen Zers who said they have met someone online who has become a close friend, according to a survey by Yubo: 75
Percentage who also said they feel more comfortable making friends online: 59
Percentage of Americans who took on holiday debt this season, according to research by Lending Tree: 35
Average debt taken on: $1,549
Percentage of those taking on debt who expect to take five months or more to pay it off, up from 28% a year ago: 37
Percentage of those who took on holiday debt who didn't plan to do so: 63
Source: Lending Tree.
Number of Lego bricks sold each year: 70 billion
Number of minifigures produced all-time: 4 billion
Number of hours spent playing with Lego annually: 5 billion
Percentage of working adults in the U.S. who have or have had a mental illness in 2021, according to the results of a survey by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 25
Percentage of the country’s population, or more than 46 million people, who met the criteria for a substance use disorder: 16
Number of weeks annually that the typical worker misses for illness, injury or reasons other than vacation and holidays: 3 (15 days)
Number of weeks annually that workers with substance use disorders miss: nearly 5 (24.6 days)
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of men who say they have fallen in love with someone they weren't initially attracted to, according to a survey by Match.com: 44
Percentage of women who say the same: 52
Percentage of employees who would feel better about themselves if their boss were more grateful (and 81% would work harder), according to research by Halo: 70
Percentage who agree that a grateful boss is more likely to be successful: 95
Percentage of employees who said they would stay at their company longer if they felt more appreciation from their boss: 53
Percentage of Americans who feel that 2023 will be the hottest year on record, according to an Ipsos survey: 52
Rank of the U.S. on the list of countries with the highest percentage of citizens expecting a natural disaster to hit a major city in their country (65%), trailing only Indonesia and Turkey -- 20 points higher than the global average of 45%: 3
Percentage of Americans who believe people will become more tolerant of each other, which, while lower than the global average, still ranks above Japan (12%) and France (17%): 27
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of workers who say work processes enable them to be productive, according to a survey by Qualtrics: 65
Percentage who say their technology helps them be productive: 63
Percentage of women who are either expecting to retire later than originally planned or don't believe they will ever be able to retire because of inflation, compared to 47% of men, according to a Nationwide Retirement Institute survey of employer-sponsored retirement plan participants and sponsors: 62
Of those expecting to delay or cancel their retirement, percentage who say they are doing so because they had or have to financially support a family member or friend as a result of inflation: 15
Percentage of Americans who say Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an essential holiday for remembering the importance of U.S. civil rights, according to a survey by Reputation Leaders: 75
Percentage of U.S. adults nationally who agree that civil rights are as important today as at any time in the last 30 years: 80
Source: Reputation Leaders Ltd.
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