When I lived in Kentucky, they didn't require people to wear helmets, my old boss said he felt safer without one, because of the decreased visibility and his own claustrophobia. I got made fun of constantly for wearing a full face helmet and motorcycle jacket even on mopeds. It may be uncomfortable sometimes, but not nearly as bad as losing my skin....I have to admit that I enjoy an open face "around town" Don't use it on highways or long trips at speed though.
Ill actually go as far as to say that for those same trips if I was not legally required to have a helmet I would not.
no judgment for those who don't like helmets or any other gear besides shorts and flip-flops, but I think it does lead to more Darwin awards among the inbred sister fucker bikers I've seen running around...