Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 12, 2014

Percentage of Americans who said they would be willing to be late for work -- and risk getting scolded by their boss -- in order to get their morning coffee, according to the results of a survey by Cumberland Farms: 56

Percentage of respondents who said they would prefer giving up alcoholic beverages for a week than giving up coffee: 69

Source: Cumberland Packing Corp.

Percentage of credit card holders who asked their credit card issuers to waive a late payment fee who were successful, according to a CreditCards.com report: 86

Percentage of cardholders who asked for a lower interest rate who were approved: 66

Source: Bankrate.com.

Average age that working Americans plan to retire, according to the results from an Ipsos eNation survey: 64

Average age that working Americans think they will realistically be able to retire: 66

Percentage of those who say they will never be able to retire, up from 7 percent last year: 13

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of employees who report feeling guilty if they do not work, either on site or from home, when they are sick, according to a poll of adults who work full-time conducted on behalf of Randstad: 47

Percentage who feel compelled to monitor their emails once their workday is over: 45

Source: Randstad-USA.

Percentage of consumers globally who now say they are very concerned about environmental problems, compared with 56 percent in 2012, according to results of the 2014 Greendex, a collaboration between National Geographic and global research consultancy GlobeScan: 61

Rank of U.S. consumers' behavior on the list of the sustainable lifestyles of all countries surveyed since the inception of the Greendex study in 2008: 17 (last)

Source: National Geographic Channel.

Although the frost has barely touched the pumpkin, percentage of consumers who have already begun their holiday shopping, according to CFI Group's Holiday Retail Spending Report: 22

Source: CFI Group.

Ranks of the 2014 Lexus RX 450h, 2014 Lexus ES 350 and the 2014 Lexus RX 350 on the list of the top 15 most worry-free cars to own, according to research by Cars.com: 1, 2, 3

Source: Cars.com.

Year that the nation's oldest institution of higher learning conferred its first nine college degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1642

Year that the school then called the "New College," founded by Puritans in 1636, began teaching: 1638

Year that it was renamed in honor of John Harvard, a young minister who bequeathed his library and half his estate to the institution: 1643

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of business-to-consumer marketers who say they have acquired a customer through Facebook, compared to 60 percent for a company blog, according to research by Marketing Charts: 77

Among business-to-business companies, percentage that said they had acquired a customer through the professional network LinkedIn: 65

Source: Marketing Charts.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households that have at least one TV series that they "never miss," according to Parks Associates: 50

On average, number of hours that consumers spend each week watching video on TV screens, compared to 1.3 hours on tablets and 1.6 hours on smartphones: 20

Source: Parks Associates.

Idle Thought

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members." -- Pearl S. Buck, Nobel prize-winning novelist

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