Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 27, 2014

As of Dec. 31, 2013, number of convenience stores in the United States, according to figures released by the National Association of Convenience Stores: 151,282

Of all retail outlets in the U.S., percentage that is accounted for by convenience stores: 34.3

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Percentage of American adults who claim to have used an online dating site, according to a survey by YouGov: 21

Of those, percentage of adults aged 35 to 54 who have gone on dates with someone they met online: 76

Percentage of the younger users, aged 18 to 34, who have gone on dates with someone they met online: 47

Source: YouGov.

Number of Americans who die every day from opioid prescription painkillers -- more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined -- according to the National Safety Council: 45

Percentage of the world's population living in the U.S.: 4.6

Percentage of the world's opioids that are consumed here: 80

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of Americans who think baseball players are paid more than they are worth, according to a survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute: 67

Source: Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Percentage of children age 6 to 17 who have at least one electronic device on in their bedroom while they are sleeping, according to findings from the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America 2014 poll: 72

On average, number of hours of sleep per night that teens who leave devices on are estimated to get on school nights: 7.2 hours

On average, number of hours of sleep per night that teens who never leave devices on are estimated to get: 7.7 hours

Source: National Sleep Foundation.

Percentage of shoppers who said they would lend money to a friend, according to a CreditDonkey.com survey: 66

Percentage who said they would lend money to a family member: 81

Source: CreditDonkey.com.

Percentage of people who worry that they will not be able to retire at the time and in the style they hoped for: 78

Percentage who would consider developing a budget: 64

Percentage who would be open to setting a specific financial goal for the future: 52

Percentage who would be likely to hire a financial adviser: 16

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Despite increased fees and stricter size restrictions, percentage of travelers who said they still prefer to check their luggage, according to findings from surveys conducted by The GO Group LLC: 32

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, amount of money that passenger airlines collected in baggage fees in 2013, 1.6 percent of total operating revenue: $797 million

Source: GO Airport Express.

Percentage of American adults online who use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn, according to Pew Research: 66

Percentage who say that connecting with old friends they've lost touch with is a major reason behind their use of these technologies: 50

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

Percentage of workers age 50 and over who change jobs or retire who elect to leave the money from their defined contribution account, such as a 401(k), in the prior employer's plan, according to EBRI's analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study: 27.4

Percentage who are receiving the benefits now: 26.1

Percentage who roll it over into an IRA: 24.9

Source: EBRI.

Idle Thought

"It's best to give while your hand is still warm." -- Philip Roth, novelist

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