Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 02, 2014

Average number of gallons of coffee, in all its varieties and preparations, that each American drinks annually, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 23

Estimated number of coffee shops across the nation: 19,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of talking on cellphone while driving, speeding, texting and driving, and driving after consuming alcohol on the list of dangerous driving behaviors that parents actually admit to engaging in, according to data released from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions): 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of teens who say their parents continue these unsafe habits behind the wheel even after their teens ask them to stop: 41

Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Percentage of employed Americans who go to work even if they are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, according to a survey from CVS: 67

Source: CVS.

Percentage of Americans who identify as labor union members, according to a Gallup poll: 10

Percentage of Americans who approve of labor unions, although approval remains on the low end of Gallup's nearly 80-year trend on this question: 53

Percentage who disapprove of unions: 38

Source: Gallup.

Of the 52 new entrants into Asia's billionaire club, number who are from China, according to Wealth-X: 33

Ranks of the United States (571 billionaires), China (190), the United Kingdom (130) and Germany (123) on the Top 40 Billionaire Countries/Territories list for 2014: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of Americans who say they have never used an online dating site or mobile app, and do not know anyone who has used one, according to YouGov: 58

Percentage who say that they have never used one, but know someone who has: 21

Percentage who say they have used one: 15

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of Americans who support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an NBC News poll conducted by SurveyMonkey: 58

Source: SurveyMonkey.

Ranks of high-quality TV, variety of TV content and ability to binge-watch on the list of reasons consumers agree we're in a second golden age of TV, according to the results of a survey by YuMe Inc., along with Instant.ly: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of consumers who consider watching three shows in a row "binge-watching": 24

Percentage who say it's four shows: 24

Source: uSamp.

When asked to identify the greatest challenges with executing a customer experience strategy, percentage of marketers who pointed to challenges with people, namely having the right talent and the right culture, according to research from SAP SE: 22

Percentage who said that it is a combination of the people, the processes, and the platforms needed to properly develop, manage, measure and continue delivery of the customer experience: 52

Source: SAP SE.

In the United States (the only high-income country that does not mandate paid family and medical leave), percentage of private-sector employees taking unpaid leave who incur debt as a result of their leave, according to a survey by the Center for Economic and Policy Research: 30

Percentage of respondents needing leave who had their leave needs unmet in the past 12 months: 25

Source: Center for Economic Policy Research.

Idle Thought

"Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment -- the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is." -- Jorge Luis Borges, writer

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