Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 25, 2015

Percentage of employees who report excessive pressure to get work done, according to the 2014 Global Workforce Study and the 2014 Global Talent Management and Rewards Study by Towers Watson: 33

Percentage of all respondents who ask managers for help to cope with stress: 27

Percentage of employees who say their organization should understand them to the same degree they are expected to understand customers: 70

Source: Towers Watson.

Percentage of 2014 grads who say "making a lot of money" is more important in their job than "making a difference" who are in full-time positions (compared to 28 percent of those who think the reverse), according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com: 51

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of Internet users who agree with the statement "people who use online dating sites are desperate" -- down from the 29 percent in 2005: 21

Percentage of all Americans who know an online dater: 42

Among adults, percentage of all committed relationships in America today that began online: 5

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

Of the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, number where a median-income household can afford a median-priced home, according to a new Interest.com report: 10

Ranks of Minneapolis, Atlanta, St. Louis and Detroit on the list of cities where a median-income household can afford a median-priced home: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Los Angeles on the list of areas where a median-income household can least afford a median-priced home: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Interest.com.

Since 2000, percentage increase in the number of breast augmentation procedures, according to polls taken by the National Institutes of Health: 45

Percentage of people who said they would consider plastic surgery procedures, up from 23 percent 14 years ago: 54

Percentage of respondents who state they would not view someone who underwent cosmetic surgery negatively: 72

Source: Beverly Hills Physicians.

Percentage of parents who say their kids are more tech-savvy than they are, according to a poll commissioned by BullGuard: 53

Percentage of parents who say it would ease their mind if parental controls were installed on devices connected to the Internet: 84

Source: BullGuard.

Percentage of Americans who say they recycle 75 percent or more of their recyclable items, according to a survey conducted for Plastics Make It Possible: 50

Among those who say they don't recycle all the time, percentage who say it's because they don't know which plastic items are recyclable: 28

Source: Plastics Make It Possible.

Percentage of Americans who deem it "unacceptable" to drive when they are so tired that they have a hard time keeping their eyes open, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 95

Percentage who admit to doing so in the last month: 28

Source: AAA.

Year that Massachusetts Bay Colony authorities ordered that every township with 50 or more householders assign at least one person to teach children to read and write, with the teachers paid by the children's parents or the general village population: 1647

Estimated amount of money that state and local governments spend annually: $3.2 trillion

Percentage that goes to education ($861 billion): 27

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who say there is an area within a mile of where they live where they would be afraid to walk alone at night, according to a Gallup Poll: 37

Percentage of women (compared with 27 percent of men) who say they do not feel safe walking alone at night: 45

Source: Gallup Organization.

Idle Thought

"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity." -- Albert Camus, writer

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