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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

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Younger millennials are more than twice as likely as the previous generation to not be having sex in their early 20s, according to a new study published Tuesday. Apparently, there’s been too much Netflix and not enough “chill.” [The Washington Post]

3 staffers

Three senior officials at the Democratic National Committee resigned Tuesday — more fallout from the 20,000 hacked DNC emails WikiLeaks published last month. [The New York Times]

5 tech companies

For the first time, the five largest companies by market value, at the close of business Monday, were all tech companies: Apple, Alphabet (which is the new fancy way of pronouncing “Google”), Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. [Bloomberg]

27.4 gallons

Average amount of bottled water each American will drink this year, according to Euromonitor. That’s about a gallon more than the projection for soda — a first. As a Diet Coke addict who also has club soda with his liquor, I have no idea how to feel about this. Somewhat fittingly, I found this statistic thanks to: [Bloomberg]

94 percent

The Greeks are very unhappy with the governmental response to the recent record-breaking influx of refugees to the European Union: 94 percent of Greeks surveyed by the Pew Research Center reported they disapproved of how the E.U. was handling the issue, the highest of any nation surveyed. [Pew Research Center]

$98 million

Value of ad time reserved by the Hillary Clinton campaign and a pro-Clinton super PAC through the fall, compared to $817,000 reserved by the super PAC associated with Donald Trump. [NBC News]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.