Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 14, 2015

Percentage of single men who would date a woman who makes considerably more money than they do, according to a survey by Match.com: 87

Percentage of single women who don't care if a man makes as much money as they do: 51

Percentage of women who would not date someone who has considerable debt: 63

Source: Match.com.

Percentage of CFOs who say being distracted during meetings (checking smartphone, writing emails, etc.) is the No. 1 etiquette breach by employees, according to an Accountemps survey: 27

Percentage who say gossiping about others in the office: 18

Percentage who say not responding to calls or emails in a timely way: 18

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of parents who use saving as their top strategy to fund their children's education, according to College Savings Foundation: 45

Percentage who use scholarships, grants or direct aid: 30

Percentage who use loans or borrow money: 15

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Percentage of employers who say are hiring seasonal workers this summer, according to a Careerbuilder survey: 36

Percentage of employers offering jobs that pay twice the minimum wage: 53

Percentage of employers who would consider making their summer jobs permanent: 77

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of millennials who say they have a love affair with their car, according to a survey by autotrader.com: 27

Percentage who believe the car is an extension of themselves: 48

Percentage who say they have named their car: 29

Source: Auto Trader.com.

Percentage of brides-to-be who say they would prefer a memorable proposal over a ring they absolutely adore, according to a poll by David's Bridal: 56

Percentage who would settle for a lousy proposal so long as it involved the perfect hardware: 44

Percentage of respondents who are in favor of the ring selfie on social media: 60

Percentage who post a photo within an hour of saying "yes": 37

Source: David's Bridal Inc.

Percentage by which vinyl record sales increased in the U.S. since 2009, according to a report by Nielsen: 260

Ranks of the Beatles' "Abbey Road," Mumford & Sons "Sign No More" and Bon Iver's "For Emma Forever Ago" as the top-selling vinyl albums: 1, 2, 3

Source: Nielsen Insights.

Number of years of life a smoker loses, on average, according to the American Cancer Society: 5.1

Number of people tobacco is expected to kill this century: 1 billion

Source: American Cancer Society.

Ranks of the financial situation of children and grandchildren, aging parents and health of spouse as the top three concerns of high-income women, according to the Spectrem Group: 1, 2, 3

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of Americans who sometimes look at the nutritional information on food and beverage items, according to data by PackagedFacts.com: 87

Percentage who prefer fewer and simpler ingredients in their groceries: 67

Source: Packaged Facts.

Idle Thought

"Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality." -- Nicolas de Chamfort, writer

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