Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 12, 2015

Percentage of people in 32 emerging and developing nations who say the Internet is a positive thing for education, according to a Pew Internet and Life survey: 64

Percentage who say it is good for the economy: 53

Percentage who say it is good for morality: 29

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

Percentage of small-business owners who say that new technologies will offer a bigger return on their investment than hiring another employee, according to a survey by Brother International: 72

Percentage who say hiring another employee will offer a better return: 28

Percentage of small-business owners who say they frequently feel overwhelmed with the number of technologies available to run their businesses: 63

Source: Brother International.

Percentage of Americans who think that 1 in 7 people in the U.S. is a Muslim, according to a survey by Ipsos: 15

Actual chance that a person in the U.S. is a Muslim: 1 in 100

Source: Ipsos Global.

Percentage of the public sector that is unionized, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 35.7

Percentage of the private sector that is unionized, down from 20.1 percent in 1983: 11.1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of retirees 65 and older who say they are living the retirement of their dreams, according to Country Financial: 79

Percentage of early retirees (ages 50 to 64) who say they are living the retirement of their dreams: 51

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of singles who met their last first date online, according to a survey by Match.com: 31

Percentage who met through a friend: 25

Percentage who met in a bar or club: 6

Source: Match.com.

In a global survey, percentage of people who say they enjoy the freedom of being connected anywhere, anytime, according to a survey by Nielsen: 76

Percentage who say watching video is an important part of their lives: 55

Source: Nielsen Online.

Number of small-business owners in the U.S., according to Packaged Facts: 28 million

Percentage of those that do not have employees: 80

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of Americans who say they spend time thinking about vacations, according to a survey by Edward Jones: 28

Percentage who say they spend time thinking about retirement: 22

Source: Edward Jones.

Percentage of children age 4 to 8 who skip lunch on any given day, according to Nestle USA: 13

Percentage of 9- to 13-year-olds who skip lunch: 17

Percentage of 9- to 13-year-olds who skip lunch on the weekend: 23

Source: Nestle Confections & Snacks.

Idle Thought

"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable." -- Moliere, actor and playwright

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