Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 06, 2014

Percentage of working adults who feel compelled to check in with work even while on vacation, according to a poll of full-time working adults conducted on behalf of Randstad: 42

Despite this sense of guilt, percentage who report feeling more productive after they return from vacation: 67

Source: Randstad USA.

Average rate per night to stay in the most affordable double room at The Ranch at Rock Creek, close to the historic mining town of Philipsburg, Montana, according to survey from Luxury-Hotels.com: $2,385

Ranks of The Ranch at Rock Creek, The Point (Lake Placid, New York -- $2,138) and The Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, Montana -- $1,847) on the list of the 10 most expensive luxury hotels in the United States: 1, 2, 3

Source: Luxury-Hotels.com.

Percentage of employers (including 76 percent of men) who believe women are better-suited for business success in terms of their communication and interpersonal skills, according to a study by KRC Research: 82

Percentage of respondents (including 76 percent of men) who rate women higher in terms of their organizational skills: 86

Percentage of respondents, including a majority of women, who say men are better-suited to business success in terms of their leadership abilities: 64

Source: KRC Research.

While dating sites and dating apps remain a popular topic of conversation among Americans, percentage of American adults who claim to have used one, according to a survey by YouGov: 21

Of those who have used dating sites and apps, percentage of adults aged 35 to 54 who have gone on dates with someone they met online, compared to younger users aged 18 to 34 (47 percent): 76

Source: YouGov.

Year that the long-playing record (LP), developed by Peter Goldmark of CBS Labs, was first shown to the public, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1948

Decade that CDs began to replace LPs: 1980s

Decade that digital downloads of music began to drive down CD sales: 1990s

Total music purchases in 2012, down from an estimated $12 billion in 2003: $7 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who have no emergency savings, according to a Bankrate.com report: 26

Even among the highest-income households -- those with annual income of $75,000 or above -- percentage who currently have a six-month savings cushion: 46

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of Americans who would use an extra hour in their day to do more, according to a poll released by Heart+Mind Strategies: 50

Ranks of relax, spend time with family, exercise and pursue a hobby (read, knit, garden, golf, etc.) on the list of answers detailing how that hour would be spent: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Heart+Mind Strategies.

Percentage of Americans who are opposed to the proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a public opinion poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center: 56

Percentage of Americans who agree that the merger will result in higher Internet and cable prices for everyone: 74

Percentage of respondents who believe consumers will have fewer choices when it comes to cable and Internet providers because smaller companies will not be able to compete with Comcast: 74

Source: Consumers Union.

Percentage of global respondents who said that host country Brazil would be victorious in the final game of the FIFA World Cup, according to a pre-Cup poll by Ipsos: 69

Percentage of Brazilians who agreed: 36

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

Percentage of plus-size women who said they were "confident" or "very confident" in themselves, according to a survey conducted by plus-size apparel brand JMS/Just My Size: 64

Percentage of respondents who said that they were more confident today than five years ago: 75

Source: Just My Size.

Idle Thought

"Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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