Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 23, 2011

Number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2011 -- children 5 to 14 -- throughout the U.S. (though kids older than 14 and younger than 5 also go trick-or-treating), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 41 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2010 -- all potential stops for trick-or-treaters: 116.7 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

For Americans with household incomes of more than $75,000 per year, percentage who said they don't put anything into savings each month, according to CouponCabin's first savings and spending report: 29

Percentage of U.S. adults who said they don't have a six-month emergency fund, which experts say is necessary money put aside to cover six months of living expenses: 52

Percentage of those with household incomes of more than $75,000 who said the same: 40

Source: CouponCabin.

Percentage of newly minted physicians who have received at least 50 job solicitations during their training, according to a survey conducted by Merritt, Hawkins, a national physician search firm: 78

Percentage who have received 100 or more: 47

Number of years that the number of new physicians being trained in the U.S. has remained flat while the general population has become both larger and, on average, older: 20

Source: Merritt, Hawkins and Associates.

Percentage of all the surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. that are performed on women, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 87

Percentage rise in male cosmetic procedures last year: 2

Percentage rise in male facelifts from 2009 to 2010, the fastest-growing procedure: 14

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Percentage of horror movie fans who believe scary movies are scarier when watched in the dark, according to the Redbox 2011 National Halloween Survey: 90

Percentage of fans who are too scared to turn out the lights: 20

Ranks of demons or Satan, "creepy kids" from movies like "Orphan" and "The Ring," and "unsuspected killers" like those in "Scream," "Saw" and "Hostel" on the list of the scariest movie villains: 1, 2, 3

Source: Redbox.

Percentage of online daters who are more likely to confess to being a bit plump than acknowledge which government party they support, according to a survey by free dating site Smooch: 74

Percentage of online daters who include political interests on their profiles: 14

Source: Smooch.com.

Percentage of the country's leading retailers that reported an increase in the frequency with which organized rings committed shoplifting, according to a study by the Retail Industry Leaders Association: 50

Percentage that saw an increase in shoplifting by individuals acting alone: 41

Percentage of respondents that reported an increase in the theft of pharmaceutical products: 64

Source: Retail Industry Leaders Association.

Percentage of information workers who indicated they are more likely to ask their company's IT department to fix problems with personally owned consumer devices than they are to troubleshoot the issues themselves or seek support from the device manufacturer, according to a poll conducted by Unisys: 47

Percentage who responded that they turn to the primary technology provider: 11

Source: Unisys.

Percentage of adults who get at least some local news and information via their smartphones or tablet computers, according to a study produced by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Internet & American Life Project in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: 47

Percentage of all adults who used a smartphone or tablet computer to check weather reports: 36

Percentage who used these mobile devices to find local restaurants or local businesses: 31

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Percentage of IT and security practitioners in 12 countries who said that social media in the workplace represents a serious security risk, according to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by content security provider Websense: 63

Percentage who report having the necessary security controls in place to mitigate it: 29

Percentage of respondents who report an increase in malware due to social media use: 52

Source: Websense.

Idle Thought

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." -- Peter Drucker, management consultant, professor and writer (1909-2005)

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