Figuratively Speaking for December 06, 2009

Percentage of Americans who have felt some sort of physical discomfort during an intense day of shopping, according to the Blistex Holiday Shopping survey: 63

Percentage who complained of sore feet: 40

Percentage who complained of back pain: 33

Source: Zeno Group for Blistex.

Percentage of people who say their spouse is the hardest person on their gift list to shop for during the holidays, according to a survey by Zogby International: 29

Percentage who said a parent was the most difficult to shop for: 28

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of workers who expressed unhappiness regarding relationships with their boss, according to the Adecco USA Workplace Insights survey: 48

Percentage of workers who are not satisfied with the level of support they receive from their colleagues: 59

Source: Adecco.

Percentage of small-business owners who intend to give client gifts, according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Holiday Monitor: 47

Percentage who will give employees gifts: 35

Percentage of business owners who said they'll continue to give holiday gifts to customers because they have done it for so long that it would seem strange to stop now: 26

Percentage who said they do it to say "thank you": 82

Source: American Express OPEN.

Median age for a Twitter user, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project poll: 31

Median age for a Facebook user: 33

Median age for LinkedIn: 39

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Percentage of CEOs who are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their current positions, according to a study conducted by ExecuNet and Finnegan Mackenzie: 63

Percentage of other C-level officers who are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their current positions: 52

Percentage of vice presidents who say the same: 41

Source: ExecuNet.

Percentage of business leaders who say they spend three or more hours a day reading, writing, sending or receiving e-mail, according to a survey by NFI research: 45

Percentage of senior executives and managers who say they access their e-mail from both computer and phone: 63

Source: NFI Research.

Percentage of women who said their confidence is their main weapon to attract men, according to the results from the second-annual AskMen.com Great Male Survey: 34

Percentage who said they use their looks as their secret weapon: 17

Source: AskMen.com.

Percentage of dog owners who said they had pampered their pets by buying them holiday or birthday gifts, according to a survey of dog owners on behalf of ALPO: 38

Percentage who treat their dog to special meals with gourmet dog food: 18

Percentage who cook for them: 17

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who find it frustrating waiting at their doctors' offices or hospitals, according to NCR's 2009 Self-Service consumer survey conducted by BuzzBack Market Research: 76

Percentage who are fed up with completing paperwork and filling out multiple forms: 50

Percentage of respondents who said they were more likely to choose a health care provider that reduced frustration by providing the flexibility to interact easily via online, mobile and kiosk: 70

Source: NCR Corp.

Percentage of Americans who are above their ideal weight, according to a Gallup Poll: 60

Of the majority of Americans who report being heavier than their ideal weight or say they would like to lose weight, percentage who are seriously trying to lose weight at this time: 27

Source: Gallup.

Idle Thought

"He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain." -- Mark Twain, author and humorist

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

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