Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 15, 2012

Percentage of U.S. working adults who continue working when they have left the office -- for an average of seven extra hours each week -- almost another full day of work, or 365 extra hours every year, according to a survey sponsored by Good Technology: 80

Percentage of workers who do it simply to stay organized: 60

Source: Good Technology.

Percentage of Americans who would support a gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon to improve road maintenance, according to the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium: 58

Percentage who would support this increase if revenues were to be used more generally to maintain and improve the transportation system: 20

Source: Mineta National Transit Research Consortium.

Percentage of millennials (18- to 29-year-olds) who say being a good parent is "one of the most important things" in life, according to a Pew Research survey: 52

Percentage who say the same about having a successful marriage (a 22-point gap in the way millennials value parenthood over marriage): 30

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

Ranks of telecommunications services ($16.5 billion), banking ($10.5 billion) and the insurance sector ($5.3 billion) on the list of the top spenders on outsourcing, according to an Information Services Group report: 1, 2, 3

Estimated percentage of all spending on outsourcing by Forbes Global 2000 companies that is accounted for by telecommunications and banking firms: 33

Source: Information Services Group.

Percentage of employers who would consider an application from an overqualified worker who is 50 plus years old, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder and PrimeCB.com: 75

Percentage of those employers who said they hire mature candidates because they bring a wealth of knowledge to an organization and can mentor others: 59

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Estimated number of U.S. consumers who will use online coupons and codes during 2012, according to an analysis done by eMarketer: 88.2 million

Ranks of toilet paper, laundry detergent, coffee and butter on the list of the most searched for consumable goods: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: ShopAtHome.com.

Ranks of "emotional dissatisfaction" or "sexual dissatisfaction" on the list of reasons both men and women cheat, according to a survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com: 1, 2

Percentage of these experts who say men are "hardwired" to "spread their seed": 8

Percentage of respondents who agree that technology is a catalyst for cheating: 50

Source: YourTango.com.

Percentage of U.S. adults who feel that cookouts are a great opportunity to spend meaningful quality time with family and friends -- whether on a weeknight or at a holiday cookout, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Ore-Ida: 81

Percentage who say that they typically host family and/or friends when cooking out: 67

Percentage who would like to spend more meaningful quality time with family and friends when cooking out on the grill: 72

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of employed Americans who reported an increase in work-life benefits and professional development opportunities in their current job compared to their first full-time job, according to a national survey through Public Policy Polling and commissioned by Workplace Options: 43

Percentage who said work-life benefits available through their employer have increased in the past five years, despite the faltering economy: 28

Source: Workplace Options.

Percentage of dog owners who believe that mealtime is a perfect opportunity to show their dog how much they love him or her, according to the Chef Michael's survey conducted by Kelton: 84

Source: Nestle/Purina.

Idle Thought

"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought." -- Matsuo Basho, poet (1644-1694)

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