During the pandemic, 68 percent of Millennials took up a new hobby and nearly as many grew their houseplant collection.
Perhaps that's become part of the new cultural dynamic. 57 said having a houseplant supported their mental health while 81 percent say houseplants are a reasonable substitute if they are far from nature.
And many want partners who share those values; 35 percent of singles say owning a houseplant is a "turn on," while 1 in 3 married people say having a houseplant helps them wait before having kids, which means they're not thinking about planned parenthood, they are thinking about "plant parenthood."
6 in 10 agree "pets are the new kids, and plants are the new pets." The most popular male name for the new plant pets: Fred. The most popular female name: Karen.
Pro-tip: If you want to get a date at the local greenhouse, don't talk about how the CO2 inside the building is 5X what the IPCC says is a disaster for all life on earth, that's a downer and so 2019. Talk about plants instead. Need some help? Just like borrowing a dog to visit the park can aid you in a pinch, the top three houseplants owned by singles are Succulent, Aloe Vera, Cactus, so namedrop one of those.
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