Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 17, 2012

Percentage of young women ages 18 to 34 who believe that a marriage in which the husband and wife both have jobs and both take care of the house and children provides a more satisfying life than one in which the husband provides for the family and the wife takes care of the home, according to a Pew Research survey: 62

Source: Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends.

Average length of time advertising and marketing executives say they can work on a task without being interrupted, according to a survey by The Creative Group: 30 minutes

Ranks of people stopping by to chat (27 percent), phone calls (26 percent), email alerts (19 percent), instant/text messages (10 percent) and social media (8 percent) on the list of the most common causes of on-the-job disruptions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: The Creative Group.

Average number of dead bodies per episode on the STARZ series "Spartacus," found to be the deadliest show on TV, according to a Funeralwise.com study: 25

Average number of dead bodies per episode on HBO's "Game of Thrones," the next deadliest show: 14

Number of dead bodies per episode on the deadliest broadcast network show, CW's "Nikita": 9

Number of dead bodies per episode on the CBS series "NCIS: Los Angeles," the second deadliest broadcast network show: 6

Source: Funeralwise.com.

Number of drivers in 18 states who ran a red light in 2011, according to a report by the National Coalition for Safer Roads: 2.3 million

Number of red-light running violations on the 2011 Memorial Day weekend -- a more than 27 percent increase in violations compared to an average weekend: 26,787

Rank of Friday on the list of the worst days for intersection safety in 2011 with 378,122 total violations: 1

Source: National Coalition for Safer Roads.

Percentage more likely that recent graduates are to put off life choices often associated with financial independence than those who graduated seven or more years ago, according to a survey of graduates of public and private colleges and universities across the country conducted by the College Savings Foundation: 50

Percentage of respondents graduating within the last year who said they had to live with their parents longer than expected, as compared to 24 percent who graduated seven or more years ago: 36

Percentage of recent grads who are definitely delaying buying a house for financial reasons, vs. 22 percent who graduated at least seven years ago: 40

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Number of jobs that restaurants are expected to add this summer season, a 4.6 percent increase over the March 2012 employment level, according to National Restaurant Association projections: 450,000

Percentage of the nation's overall workforce that is employed in America's nearly 1 million restaurants employ: 10

Source: National Restaurant Association.

Percentage of consumers who are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a survey by Orbitz: 77

Percentage who feel guilty about leaving their children behind: 30

Percentage of respondents who believe the government should mandate companies to offer at least four weeks of vacation per year: 44

Source: Orbitz.

Annual value of the golf industry in the United States, which is bigger than movies and music, according to research that appears on the nonprofit ProCon.org's 43rd website, golf.procon.org: $76 billion

Source: ProCon.org.

While many vacationers flock to beaches and cabins in the woods, estimated number of people who are planning a trip to the city, according to the American Public Transportation Association's survey: 104 million

Of those who plan to visit a city, percentage (62 million people) nationwide who plan to use local public transportation on their vacation this summer: 57

Among those travelers who will be using public transportation during their city trips, percentage who said using public transportation relieves them from the worry of finding parking for their vehicle: 71

Source: American Public Transportation Association.

Percentage of global respondents who are "enthusiasts" -- that is, they are passionate about technology and willing to sacrifice simplification for empowerment: 37

Percentage who are "infomaniacs" -- those who value getting information and discovering new experiences even more than relating better to other people: 25

Percentage who are "pragmatists" -- those who are less likely to love technology, but value it as very helpful in relating better to others, getting things done, and managing health and wellness: 22

Source: Ketchum Global Research Network.

Idle Thought

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you." -- William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer

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