Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 21, 2014

Current level of student debt, now greater than credit card and car loan obligations, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: $1.1 trillion

While U.S. jobs are paying an average of 23 percent less since 2008, percentage rise in the overall cost of a degree from a four-year public school, according to research by Crown Financial Ministries: 27

Source: Crown.

Percentage of America's children under the age of 18 who live with at least one grandparent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 10

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of men who admit to viewing porn while their bosses assume they are busy working, according to a survey by Proven Men Ministries and conducted by Barna Group: 63

Percentage of women who are also sneaking a peak at porn while on the job: 36

Source: Proven Men Ministries Ltd.

Average number of resumes that advertising and marketing executives say they receive for every open creative position, according to a national survey developed by The Creative Group: 23

Average number of applicants they interview before filling the position: 6

Source: The Creative Group.

Percentage of postsecondary students who report they still have a lot to learn about managing finances, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid: 87

Percentage of students who particularly indicate that they wish they knew how much all the "little extras" cost: 42

Percentage who wish they knew more about budgeting: 41

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

As of July 2014, percentage of all employed people, or nearly 6.8 million Americans, who worked more than one job, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics: 4.6

Since the recession's official end in June 2009, the average monthly number of this group -- about a half-million below the average during the 2001-07 expansion, and nearly 800,000 below the 1994-99 average: 7 million

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

Percentage of men who have urinated in a bush or tree in a non-residential area, compared with 36 percent of women, according to a Yougov.com survey: 71

Percentage of both sexes who have gone in the sea: 41

Source: YouGov.

Number of minutes of media consumed per day before children's grades, sleep, social skills and emotional balance start to decline, according to findings by The Learning Habit: 45 minutes

After four hours per day, percentage of children in middle school who receive A's in mathematics and English language arts: 1

After four hours of screen time, number of times longer it takes children to fall asleep than children with limited media use: 20

Source: Good Parent Inc.

Percentage of millennials who do not have a credit card, according to a Bankrate.com report: 63

Percentage of adults 30 and over who have zero credit cards in their wallets: 35

Of those millennials with credit cards, percentage who pay their entire balance every month, compared to 53 percent of adults 30 and older: 40

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of "Generation Z" teens (ages 13 to 17) who indicate that homeownership is the most important factor in achieving the American Dream, according to the findings of a national study by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate: 82

Ranks of graduating from college, getting married and having children on the list of what constitutes the American Dream for 89 percent of Gen Z teens: 2, 3, 4

Percentage of respondents who would be willing to give up social media for a year if it meant getting their ideal home in the future: 53

Percentage who would do twice as much homework every night: 53

Percentage who would take their mom or dad to the prom: 39

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC.

Idle Thought

"I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun." -- Katharine Hepburn

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