Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 13, 2011

Percentage of first-time managers who said their promotion isn't what they thought it would be, according to a study from Development Dimensions International: 57

Percentage of managers who still don't understand what it takes to be successful: 30

Percentage who regret taking the job altogether due to lack of preparation and/or not knowing how to succeed: 33

Source: Development Dimensions International.

Year that the first ATM in the U.S. was installed at Rockville Centre on Long Island by the Chemical Bank of New York City, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1969

Percentage of U.S. households that use ATMs: 80

Across the nation, estimated number of ATM transactions that take place each year: 6 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Due to the nationwide blizzards and snowstorms of Jan. 10-13, 2011, the percentage by which total national television viewing increased, according to Nielsen ratings: 8

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of Americans who say they own a digital camera, according to a survey by Ipsos Public Affairs: 67

Percentage who have a laptop computer: 64

Percentage who own an MP3 player or iPod: 49

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of workers age 60 and over who said they are putting off retirement because they can't afford it financially, down from 72 percent who said the same last year, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 65

Percentage who plan to retire within the next two years: 28

Percentage who don't think they'll ever be able to retire: 10

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of unemployed adults in the U.S. today who report they are either falling behind on their bills or facing more serious financial difficulties, such as bankruptcy or foreclosure, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll: 26

Percentage of underemployed Americans who say the same: 21

Percentage of adults who are neither unemployed nor underemployed who say the same: 8

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of "best men" who said they didn't have a budget and were willing to organize whatever and wherever the stag requested, according to a survey by DesignaVenture: 27

Percentage who said that they would discuss with the other stags to see what everyone fancied doing before firming anything up: 21

Source: DesignaVenture Ltd.

In the face of the prolonged recession, percentage of American men who think society is moving in the wrong direction, according to the results of a survey by Euro RSCG Worldwide of American male adults: 70

Percentage of men who think Americans aren't willing to consider other people's points of view: 64

Percentage who think the recession has reminded people of what's important in life: 63

Percentage of American men who are actively trying to figure out what makes them happy: 44

Source: Euro RSCG.

Percentage of consumers with multifunction devices -- MFDs include the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android devices, etc. -- who have increased their reading habits, according to research from iModerate Research Technologies and Brock Associates: 66

Percentage who have been inspired to read more books in print: 46

Ranks of convenience (80 percent), the ease of purchasing e-books (61 percent) and the backlit screen (41 percent) on the list of reasons MFD users prefer reading on their device as opposed to a hard copy book: 1, 2, 3

Source: iModerate.

Despite lingering concerns about the U.S. economic recovery, percentage of Americans who worry more about having their online privacy violated than declaring bankruptcy (23 percent) or losing their job (22 percent), according to a survey by YouGov aimed to uncover what concerns people have for their online safety and privacy: 25

Percentage of Americans who use antivirus solutions to protect their privacy: 79

Despite concerns over privacy violations, percentage who report that they use safe passwords: 61

Source: Opera Software.

Idle Thought

"Inquiry is fatal to certainty." -- Will Durant, historian

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