Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 14, 2014

Percentage of all full-time workers in the United States who indicate they typically work more than 40 hours per week, according to Gallup's Work and Education Survey: 50

Percentage of workers who say they work at least 50 hours: 39

Average number of hours per week that full-time employees report working (almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails): 47

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of college students between the ages of 18 and 23 who do not expect to pay off their student loans before they are 50, according to the results of an annual survey by Vital Source Technologies Inc.: 44

Percentage of students who said a guaranteed full-time job is more important than no student loan debt after graduation: 73

Source: Vital Source Technologies Inc.

Percentage of men who eat healthy five or more days in a week if they are in a relationship, according to a consumer survey conducted by the American Heart Association and sponsored by Match.com: 57

Percentage of single men who eat healthy more than five days during the week: 45

Percentage of men and women in relationships who eat healthy five or more days a week: 55

Source: Match.com.

Percentage of consumers who agree with critics who claim we are in the "second golden age of television," according to the results of a survey by YuMe Inc. along with research firm Instant.ly: 67

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: 1, 2, 3

Source: United Sample.

Percentage of Americans age 16 and older who said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, according to findings from American Life Pew Research: 90

Percentage of Americans age 16 and older who agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed: 95

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Year that William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. demonstrated the world's first solar-powered car -- though the vehicle didn't take the world by storm because it was a model just 15 inches long, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1955

Year that the first solar-powered car that could actually be driven was unveiled: 1962

Estimated number of individual solar cells that were placed on the roof to power the vehicle: 11,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of parents who admit to feeling uneasy as a new school year starts -- the stressors varying from the day-to-day logistics of school to spending money to in-school socialization, according to a survey conducted by the National Center for Families Learning: 41.2

Percentage of respondents who admit it's tough transitioning the family from summer back into the school-year routine: 27.4

Source: National Center for Families Learning.

Percentage of Americans who typically pay for purchases under $5 with cash (22 percent use debit cards, and 11 percent use credit cards), according to a CreditCards.com report: 65

Source: Creditcards.com.

Percentage of nurses who think the job outlook for the nursing industry is positive, according to a survey from allnurses.com: 74

Percentage of respondents who would recommend that a person go into the nursing field: 72

Ranks of "ER," "Grey's Anatomy" and "NY Med" on the list of TV shows that nurses said most closely resemble "real life": 1, 2, 3

Source: Allnurses.com.

By 2018, percentage of all businesses that will hire IT security contractors to manage data-security threats, according to a study from Gartner: 50

Since 2013, percentage rise in spending on IT security (to $71.1 billion): 7.9

Source: TechInsurance.

Idle Thought

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." -- Thomas Pynchon, writer

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