Figuratively Speaking for June 16, 2017

In the past 12 months, percentage of Americans who say that someone in their household has decided not to seek medical attention when it was needed due to the cost, according to a study from Bankrate.com: 25

Percentage of Americans who are worried that they might not have affordable health insurance in the future: 56

Ranks of Generation X (64 percent), baby boomers (58 percent), millennials (56 percent) and the silent generation (35 percent) on the list of those most concerned about affordable health care: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of job candidates who display negative body language during interviews, according to an OfficeTeam survey of senior managers: 30

Ranks of eye contact, facial expressions, posture, handshake, fidgeting/habitual movements and hand gestures on the list of the most telling nonverbal cues when meeting with applicants: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of Americans who are not very confident they would be able to achieve their financial goals if they were to get a divorce, according to a survey by Merrill Edge: 71

Percentage who are saving for that possibility: 5

Percentage who are not very confident they would be able to achieve their financial goals if they have children: 64

Percentage who are saving to have a family: 23

Source: Merrill Lynch.

Percentage of small businesses that have become more dependent on technology in the last three years, according to research by Techaisle: 83

Percentage of small businesses that find technology has become more complex, creating adoption inertia: 72

Percentage of respondents who are ignoring some technologies even though they may be useful: 61

Source: Techaisle.

Last year, average number of hours that Americans spent per month browsing their smartphone (compared to 66 hours in the U.K. and 52 in Spain), according to Deloitte's Global Mobile Consumer Survey: 87

Percentage of consumers who check their phones within five minutes of waking up: 40

Source: Deloitte Public Relations.

Percentage of parents who believe that busy schedules are a key barrier to active play, according to a survey commissioned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group: 70

Percentage of tweens who said they wished they had more time to be active and play sports: 50

Percentage of kids who consider gaming to be a part of playtime: 81

Source: Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Ranks of "Wonder Woman," "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" on the list of the most anticipated 2017 summer blockbusters, according to a survey by Fandango: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of "Wonder Woman" fans who are excited to see a standalone female superhero movie: 92

Percentage of respondents who watched the "Wonder Woman" TV show when they were kids: 73

Source: Fandango.

Percentage of Americans whose travel plans are interrupted by illness and natural disasters alone, according to WalletHub's 2017 Travel Insurance Report: 16.6

Percentage of those impacted who have the necessary insurance: 22

Percentage of credit cards that provide travel accident insurance, with almost 38 percent offering more than $300,00 in coverage: 93

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of pet parents who say a pet-friendly workplace is important to them, according to a survey from Wellness Natural Pet Food: 41

Percentage of millennials who said that pet-friendly offices are important, compared with Generation X (31 percent) and baby boomers (33 percent): 52

Percentage of pet parents whose company allows them to bring their pet to work on Wellness' annual Take Your Dog to Work Day: 56

Source: Well Pet.

Percentage of U.S. car owners who perform an activity that requires a mobile or internet connection while driving, according to Parks Associates research: 92

In response to this consumer demand for in-car connectivity, estimated amount that U.S. automakers will spend for in-vehicle software in 2017: $10.8 billion

By 2022, projected amount they will spend: $16 billion

Source: Parks Associates.

Idle Thought

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." -- Albert Einstein

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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