Figuratively Speaking for June 13, 2010

Percentage of teens who send more than 100 text messages a day, or 3,000 texts a month: 33

Percentage who send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month: 50

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Percentage of consumers who said they would miss aspects of reading paper books if they switched to reading e-books: 41

Ranks of touch (36 percent), portability (13 percent) and making notes (13 percent) on the list of the top aspects consumers mentioned said they would miss most: 1, 2, 3


Ranks of Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and Auckland on the list of cities with the world's best quality of living, according to Mercer's 2010 Quality of Living Survey: 1, 2, 3, 4(tie)

Ranks of Honolulu and San Francisco on the list (the top-ranked U.S. cities for overall quality of living): 31, 32

Rank of Baghdad, at the bottom of the list: 221

Source: Mercer.

Percentage of singles who confessed to negative feelings about the wedding season, according to a poll by 20

Percentage who said that they're dreading it: 13

Percentage who said that it would be "kind of a drag": 7


Percentage of Americans who agree that many of the jobs lost during the recession are not likely to come back, and that many employers will ask more of current employees instead of hiring new ones, according to a Zogby poll: 60

Percentage who believe America's best days still lie ahead: 43

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of human resources managers who said formal evaluations are effective in improving employee performance, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 91

Percentage who said they were very effective: 40

Source: OfficeTeam.

Increase in the demand for temporary workers in the U.S. over the same period in 2009, according to the Palmer Forecast: 10.8

According to the Sterling Resource Funding Corp. -- a company that provides funding to over 300 staffing companies -- percentage of its clients that are expanding in 2010: 80

In 2009, percentage that were shrinking: 80

Source: Palmer Forecast.

Percentage of U.S. travelers who plan to take leisure trips this summer, according to the results of TripAdvisor's annual summer travel survey: 91

Percentage of travelers who will take seven or more days of vacation this summer: 80

Percentage who say the recent volatility in the stock market impacts their plans: 11

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of Americans who choose to eat a chocolate based on conditions that include their mood, the occasion, the time of day and even the weather, according to a survey by Lindt Chocolate: 61

Percentage of Americans who agree choosing their own chocolate is just as personal a decision as making their own menu choice: 70

Percentage of women who believe choosing their chocolate is just as personal a decision as selecting their lipstick or makeup: 66

Source: Opinion Research Corp.

Percentage of working mothers with children younger than age 5 who said they didn't have enough time to do what they needed to do "yesterday," according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index: 41

Percentage of working mothers with older children who said the same: 34

Percentage of working women with no children younger than 18 who said the same: 28

Source: Gallup.

Idle Thought

"One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience." -- George Sand

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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