Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 19, 2014

Percentage of Americans who reported they would feel completely relaxed if they were entirely "off the grid" (without any electronics or Internet access), according to results from a survey by Princess Cruises: 67

Percentage who say that having a smartphone makes it harder to relax: 52

Percentage of Americans who choose music to help decompress: 40

Source: Princess Cruises.

Percentage of college students between the ages of 18 and 23 who said they usually do not go more than 10 minutes without using some form of technology during an average school day, according to the results of an annual survey by Vital Source Technologies Inc.: 45

Source: Vital Source Technologies Inc.

Ranks of values, emotional support, discipline and income on the list of what Americans say is "extremely important" for a father to provide, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center: 1, 2, 3, 4

When Americans were asked the same question about the role of mothers, ranks of values, emotional support, discipline and income: 1 (tie), 3, 4

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

Percentage of Americans who think that it's easier to meet someone online than at a public place, according to a survey by YouGov: 52

Percentage of Americans who believe that it is acceptable for people of all ages to use online dating sites or apps: 44

Percentage who believe that relationships formed through online dating sites are just as likely to succeed as relationships formed elsewhere: 36

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of marketing professionals who said they spend three to four hours a day on email, according to the results of a study that looks at a day in the life of a marketer by AtTask: 34

Percentage of marketers who said they frequently multitask in meetings: 41

Of those, percentage who also said they do so reluctantly: 43

Source: AtTask.

Estimated number of Americans who are aged 100 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 53,000

Of those, percentage who are women: 83

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Number of "social media assets" (Twitter handles, employee blogs, etc.) owned by the average mid-size or large-size company (1,000 employees or more), according to Marketingeasy: 178

Percentage of companies that offer social business training to their employees: 25

Source: Marketingeasy.

Number of times more likely that children of parents who have used marijuana are to use it themselves, according to a nationwide survey of youth ages 18 to 25 commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy: 3

Among children who reported their parents had used or currently use marijuana, percentage who indicated they also have used marijuana: 72

Percentage of children whose parents have never used marijuana who reported having used marijuana themselves: 19.7

Source: Hazelden.

Percentage of Americans who have not saved any money for retirement, according to a Bankrate.com report: 36

Percentage of 18- to 29-year-olds who haven't saved anything for retirement: 69

Percentage of 30- to 49-year-olds who haven't saved anything for retirement: 33

Percentage of 50- to 64-year-olds who haven't saved anything for retirement: 26

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of Americans who indicated they were paid via direct deposit, according to results from the 2014 Getting Paid In America survey, conducted by the American Payroll Association: 96

Source: American Payroll Association.

Idle Thought

"One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience." -- George Sand, novelist, 1804-1876

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