Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 17, 2011

Percentage of Americans who say the higher education system in the U.S. fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend, according to a Pew Research Center survey: 57

Percentage who say college is too expensive for most Americans to afford: 75

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Percentage of men who feel it is hard to get going in the morning, according a survey conducted by StrategyOne on behalf of Schick Xtreme3: 70

Percentage who indicate they don't wake up with a feeling that they are ready for the day ahead: 43

Percentage of men who say they need to be refreshed after putting in too many hours at the office: 58

Source: Strategy One.

Percentage of Americans who said that if they could have only one child, they would prefer that it be a boy, according to a Gallup Poll: 40

Percentage who would rather have a girl: 28

Percentage who have no preference: 32

Percentage of American men who favor a boy over a girl: 49

Percentage of American women who say they would prefer a boy: 31

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of managers who said they weren't ready to become a leader when they started managing others, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 26

Percentage who said they didn't receive any management training: 58

When asked what the biggest challenge is as a manager, percentage of managers who said dealing with issues between co-workers on my team: 25

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Year of the first criminal case in the U.S. in which fingerprint evidence was admitted into court when burglary suspect Caesar Cella was convicted by prints identified by Detective Sergeant Joseph Faurot: 1911

Rank of the use of DNA samples from crime scenes on the list of the fastest growing area of forensic evidence: 1

Number of federal or state prisoners whose convictions were based this evidence: 1.6 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of senior leaders and hiring managers in America's Fortune 500 and other large companies (5,000 employees or more) who said their companies primarily engage in virtual teaming as a way to reduce travel and real estate expenses, according to a study conducted on behalf of Brandman University by Forrester Consulting: 61

Percentage who also use it as a way to recruit high-quality talent regardless of geography: 59

Source: Brandman University.

Percentage of advertising and marketing executives who said entry-level candidates have unrealistic career expectations, according to a survey by The Creative Group: 36

Percentage of respondents who said those who want to land a job should be prepared to ace the interview, as that meeting carries the most weight when evaluating applicants for entry-level advertising or marketing roles: 35

Ranks of resume, portfolio, references, social media presence and experience on the list of attributes considered most important when hiring an entry-level advertising or marketing professional: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: The Creative Group.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who report being aware of the recent news released by the World Health Organization that extensive cellphone use can increase possible cancer risk, according to a survey conducted by TNS: 80

Percentage of respondents who said they would decrease the overall usage of their cellphones: 8

Percentage who said they were now considering the purchase of a hands-free device: 8

Source: TNS.

Ranks of American, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian on the list of nationalities "best at making people laugh," according to a poll conducted by Badoo.com: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of German, Russian and Turkish on the list of nationalities least able to make people laugh: 1, 2, 3

Rank of Americans on the list of the world's funniest nationality, as the folks who brought us not just sitcoms like "Friends" and "The Simpsons," but innumerable great comedians as well: 1

Source: Badoo.

While watching TV, percentage of Americans who also surf the Internet, according to findings of an Adweek/Harris Poll: 56

Percentage who read a book, magazine or newspaper: 44

Percentage who go on a social networking site: 40

Percentage who text on their mobile phone: 37

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else." -- George Bernard Shaw

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