Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 25, 2011

Of the people who took leisure trips this year, percentage who revealed they often struggle with feelings of melancholy following their return from vacation, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 34

Percentage who said they always do: 20

Percentage of vacationers who say their "stress-o-meter" readings return to pre-vacation highs soon after returning home: 84

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of Americans who incorporated exercise into their daily commute this summer through activities like walking, running or biking to the workplace, according to an Adecco survey: 36

Percentage who said they have taken walks on their lunch break: 57

Percentage of Americans who indicated they go to the gym before or after work during the summer months: 49

Source: Adecco.

Of the people in America 18 and older in 2010, percentage who were unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 43.6

Number of people this represents: 99.6 million

Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who had never been married: 61

Percentage who were divorced: 23.8

Percentage who were widowed: 14.4

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of small businesses that consider data to be their organization's most valuable asset, according to research from Carbonite Inc.: 81

Rank of the permanent loss of data on the list of challenges to maintaining their business in the event of a natural disaster -- even more devastating than the loss of the physical location or of products and materials: 1

Percentage of small businesses that never re-open after a data disaster, according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): 40 to 60

Source: Carbonite Inc.

Percentage of parents with children 14 to 18 years old who are talking to them about college funding, according to the fifth-annual College Savings Foundation survey of parents: 88

Percentage who are talking about their involvement in paying for it: 57

Percentage of parents who expect their children to help with financing: 62

Percentage who expect them to assume between one-third and two-thirds: 42

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Percentage of middle-income baby boomers who do not have a 401(k), IRA, pension or any other type of retirement account, according to a study of boomer finances released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Co.'s Center for a Secure Retirement: 14

Percentage of respondents who own a home who have already paid off their mortgage: 32

Percentage who do not expect to have it paid off before they retire: 48

Source: Bankers Life and Casualty Co.

Percentage more likely that a child (up to age 12) born to cohabiting parents will experience a parental breakup vs. a child born to married parents: 170

Number of times more likely children are to be physically, sexually or emotionally abused in cohabiting households compared to children in intact, biological married parent homes: 3

Source: Center for Marriage and Families.

Percentage of Americans who approve of marriages between blacks and whites, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll: 86

Percentage of blacks who approve these marriages: 96

Percentage of whites who approve: 84

When Gallup first asked about black-white marriages in 1958, percentage who approved: 4

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of parents of teenage drivers who said if online information about the basics of car repair were available to their teen, they would encourage him/her to use it, according to an AutoMD.com survey: 97

Percentage of parents who rated their teen's basic knowledge of car maintenance as either "somewhat or completely clueless" or "average": 65

Source: AutoMD.com.

Percentage of IT executives who say their own CIO is viewed as a steward who protects current assets and works with available resources, according to a Deloitte survey of IT executives in the U.S., conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP: 45

Percentage who say their CIO is a strategist: 45

Percentage who claim their CIO is a revolutionary: 10

Source: DeLoitte LLP.

Percentage of U.S. adults who said they feel less financially secure than they did one year ago, according to CouponCabin's first Savings and Spending Report: 45

Percentage who said they always worry about money: 16

Source: CouponCabin.

Idle Thought

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Leonardo da Vinci

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