In an Eight-Hour Workday, We Are Productive for 4 Hours and 12 Minutes
There's been a lot of talk over the past year and a half about productivity at work . . . and whether people are more or less effective working from home, compared to being at the office. But according to a new survey, most workers aren't productive for a FULL eight hours, regardless of where they are. During an eight-hour workday, the average worker only spends FOUR HOURS and 12 MINUTES actively working. The survey asked people to list the things they're doing when they're not zeroed in on work, and the top five distractions are: Surfing the Internet . . . social media . . . texting . . . bathroom breaks . . . and socializing with coworkers. Other responses include: Snack breaks . . . coffee breaks . . . "reading and drawing" . . . watching TV . . . phone calls . . . and childcare. When asked WHY they're not busier at work, common responses were: There are lulls in tasks . . . waiting on coworkers to finish . . . they're not motivated . . . they're distracted by personal situations . . . and the "environment is not ideal."
Ten Surprising Baby Name Trends
The Social Security Administration put out their updated baby name stats a while back . . . the #1 name for boys last year was Liam, and Olivia for girls. But people are still going through all those stats and finding interesting stuff. Here are ten surprising baby name trends from 2020 . . . 1. Britney was NOT a popular name last year. Only 99 babies named Britney were born in the U.S. But that might change this year because of all the "Free Britney" stuff. 2. Ezekiel is now a more popular name than Robert. It's the 65th most popular name for a boy. Robert is 80th. 3. Hannah is still a popular girl's name, but Nova is MORE popular. It ranked 38th, and Hannah is 39th. 4. Denise is one of the fastest-rising baby names for girls. It dropped out of the top 1,000 five years ago. But it's surging back. And "Denisse" with two S's is more popular than the normal spelling right now. 5. Legend is more popular than George. Only 2,700 boys were named George last year. Just over 2,800 were named Legend. 6. Maverick is one of the most popular boy names in South Dakota. It ranked 49th overall in 2020, but fourth in South Dakota. 7. Serenity is way more popular than Lauren now. Almost three times more girls were named Serenity than Lauren last year. 8. Axel is more popular than Adam. The name Adam peaked in the 1980s at 18th, but now it's 96th. Axel was the 72nd most popular name last year. 9. Dior is one of the fastest-growing names for girls AND boys. It rose 108 spots and is now the 499th most popular name for girls. It also jumped 434 spots and is now in the top 1,000 for boys. 10. In general, we get more creative with girls' names. They track every name that's given to at least five babies each year. The 2020 list includes 13,911 boy names, and 17,360 different girl names. So about 25% more variety.
Six Questions to Ask Before You Get Married
When you're dating someone, thinking about marriage is a LOT. You're about to combine lives, and families, and bank accounts. So there are a million things to worry about. But there are also some ways to prepare yourself.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend to Make Your Life More Convenient? Here's a topic for your hardworking grandparents to scoff at: How much extra would you spend each month to make your life even MORE convenient? There's a new survey out about how much stuff we get delivered to our door these days. And 77% of us have had at least SOMETHING brought to us in the past year. That includes food, groceries, Ubers, and anything you buy on Amazon. But it also asked about convenience in general, and how much we're willing to spend for more of it. 37% said up to $50 a month . . . 14% said $100 . . . and 19% would spend more than $100 a month to save more time and deal with less. That includes 3% who said they'd spend "whatever it takes" to not feel overwhelmed.
How Many Spots in Line Can One Person Save for Their Friends?
You've seen this happen before, or maybe you've even done it . . . You're standing in line for a movie or a bar, and your friends aren't there yet. So they ask you to save THEM a spot in line. Is it ever okay to do that? And what's the maximum number of spots one person can hold? Someone polled 10,000 Americans, and close to a third of us say the answer is ZERO. 30% said it's not socially acceptable to join your friend in line, period. Another 29% said saving a spot in line for one person is okay. And 14% said two. 11% say MORE than that is still fine . . . including 3% who said you can save a spot for five people or more. In general, the older you are, the less likely you are to think it's okay. Only 17% of people under 25 said it's NEVER okay to save a spot in line. 38% of people over 55 said the same. 137 Million Americans Plan to Travel for Labor Day Despite the Delta Variant
The Delta variant has thrown a bit of a wrench into the end of summer, but it doesn't seem to have affected people's Labor Day plans . . . yet. A new survey shows 137 million American adults plan to travel for Labor Day this year. That's about 53% . . . and a 2% INCREASE from the Fourth of July. But that doesn't mean the pandemic is becoming an afterthought. 75% say Covid-19 and the Delta variant are either a big concern or a slight concern for them as they are considering Labor Day plans. Most people have casual plans that can be modified if needed. The majority of travelers are just DRIVING somewhere, and the most popular activities are: A BBQ or cookout . . . going to the beach . . . seeing fireworks . . . going to a lake . . . or watching a parade. And people aren't dropping a lot of money on Labor Day weekend. Only 1% say they're spending $2,000 or more on flights, hotels, tickets, and going out. 37% say they're looking at $500 or less, and 39% say they plan to spend ZERO dollars. Today's Showbiz Highlights
1. JASON MOMOA said he cannot live without his kids' stuffed animals . . . a piglet named Piggy Pig Spirit and a bison named Potato. He said they sleep in bed with him when he's away from his kids. 2. OWEN WILSON's brother Andrew lived with him following his 2007 suicide attempt. He'd wake up every morning with Owen and write up daily schedules so life seemed manageable. 3. SCARLETT JOHANSSON and COLIN JOST welcomed a baby boy. His name is Cosmo. There's no word when he was born. This is Colin's first child, and Scarlett's second. 4. There's a picture going around Twitter of an older man giving a woman oral pleasure on a train, and people thought it was wrestling legend RIC FLAIR. But he Tweeted, quote, "The Nature Boy Doesn't Ride Trains! WOOOOO WOOOOO!" 5. Ex-UFC fighter BRENDAN SCHAUB helped rescue four kids after an accident that killed their mother. The kids' father was driving and he intentionally drove into traffic in an attempt to kill everyone. He's been charged with murder. 6. "Captain America 4" will star ANTHONY MACKIE. On the Disney+ show "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier", The Falcon has become the new owner of Cap's shield. 7. SEAN PENN recently ran into his inspiration for Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" for the first time in decades. And apparently he's nothing like the character anymore. Sean says, quote, "I couldn't believe it was him." 8. A list of on-screen TV show siblings that actually look related includes: Frasier and Niles Crane on "Frasier" . . . Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa Saperstein on "Parks and Recreation" . . . and Elliot and Darlene Alderson on "Mr. Robot". 9. BRITNEY SPEARS' boyfriend was asked if she'll be back onstage again soon and he said, quote, "Absolutely, man. Hopefully." Sounds like she's ready to resume her career again now that her dad's no longer in charge. 10. GARTH BROOKS has canceled the five remaining concerts on his Stadium Tour due to COVID-19. He said, quote, "In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part." 11. SAM HUNT pleaded guilty yesterday to the misdemeanor charges from his "driving under the influence" arrest in 2019. He's losing his license for a year, will do an alcohol safety course, and will serve 48 hours at an "alternative sentencing facility."