Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 08, 2015

Percentage of Americans who use social media who have posted or texted something that they regret afterward, according to a survey by YouGov: 57

Percentage who regret a post at least once a week: 17

Percentage who are afraid they may hurt relationships with family or partners by sharing misguided images or messages: 14

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of Americans who find things like research and handling travel logistics for a vacation stressful, according to a survey of Princess Cruises: 50

Percentage who say they return from vacation needing a vacation: 55

Source: Princess Cruises.

Amount the average holiday shopper plans to spend per gift this year, according to the annual holiday shopping survey by RetailMeNot: $141

Average number of people for whom they will buy gifts: 8

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of Americans who say that they currently own stocks, defined here not as shares in mutual funds, but direct shares of companies, according to a survey of U.S. adults conducted on behalf of Fletcher Group LLC: 28

Among those who say that they do not currently own stocks, percentage who say that this is because they don't currently hold any investments: 39

Percentage who admit that they do not currently own stocks because they don't know how to go about buying them: 28

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of parents who are unaware that car crashes are the biggest threat to their teens' safety, according to a National Safety Council survey: 76

Percentage of parents who said they believe drugs and alcohol, bullying and the Internet are teens' most significant safety threats: 76

Percentage of parents who correctly pointed to lack of experience or poor decision-making as leading crash factors: 72

Source: National Safety Council.

Estimated number of people who are currently on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 120,000

Number of lives that could be saved by one organ donor: 8

Number of people who are dying each day while waiting: 22

Source: The Harris Poll.

In 2015, percentage of Americans who reported that they or a household member had credit card information stolen by hackers (down from 27 percent in 2014), according to a Gallup Poll: 22

Percentage of victims of credit card theft who say they worry frequently about the crime: 53

Percentage of non-victims who worry frequently about credit card theft: 29

Source: Gallup.

Year that President Abraham Lincoln finally proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving: 1863.

Ranks of Christmas and Thanksgiving on the list of America's favorite holidays: 1, 2

Approximate percentage of Americans who eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day, according to a National Turkey Federation survey: 88

Source: CNN Money.

Year that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was certified, prohibiting discrimination based on gender with regard to voting -- extending the right to vote to women, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1920

Year that American women exercised their new right for the first time in a presidential election: 1920

In the 2012 presidential election, percentage of women who voted, compared with just under 60 percent for men: 63.7

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Expected percentage rise in health care benefit costs in 2016, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health: 6

Percentage of employers who have curbed cost increases by focusing on employee wellness: 70

Source: National Business Group on Health.

Idle Thought

"Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not." -- Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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