Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 21, 2015

Length of the average loan term in months for new and used vehicles, respectively, reaching all-time highs, according to Experian Automotive: 67 and 62

Percentage of loans accounted for by terms of 73 months to 84 months, again a record: 29.5

Average value of a new vehicle loan: $28,711

Average monthly payment for a new vehicle: $485

Source: Experian Automotive.

Rank of married men or women having an affair as the least morally acceptable behavior among 19 behaviors measured by Gallup: 1

Percentage who say having a child out of wedlock is OK (vs. 45 percent in 2002): 61

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of Americans who say that it is possible for them to save $25 a week more than they are currently saving, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute survey: 69

If they were to do that, percentage who would have to give up eating out or ordering takeout: 46

Percentage who would have to give up soft drinks or snacks from vending machines: 13

Percentage who say they would have to give up movies, videos, DVDs or streaming service: 12

Source: EBRI.

Amount of money shelled out by parents to repair or replace smartphones, tablets or laptops after their children have broken them, according to a report by Square Trade: $11 billion

Percentage of tech-related accidents that were the result of children accidentally dropping a device: 58

Percentage of kids who tried to blame it on somebody else: 20

Source: SquareTrade.

Percentage of Americans who say they turn off lights, TVs or other appliances when not in use in order to improve energy efficiency at home, down from 82 percent in 2012, according to the results of The Harris Poll: 75

Percentage who are replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, down from 58 percent in 2012: 50

Percentage who say they use low-watt bulbs where lighting isn't critical: 46

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of adults who say that being in control of who can get information about them is important, according to Pew Research: 93

Percentage who say that controlling what information is collected about them is important: 90

Percentage of Americans who also value having the ability to share confidential matters with another trusted person: 93

Percentage who say they do not wish to be observed without their approval: 88

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Percentage of companies that don't have a preference of promoting within or pursuing outside hires, according to a survey by the American Management Association: 55

Percentage who focus on developing and retaining talent: 34

Percentage who say they have a high turnover and recruit aggressively: 11

Source: American Management Association.

Number of times more likely millennials (versus boomers) are to say that when they go to buy a new home, they want it equipped with smartphone technology, according to a survey by Cartus: 5

Number of times more likely baby boomers are than millennials to say that what they want in a new home is a bedroom on the main floor: 8

Source: Cartus.

Percentage of Americans who say their favorite kind of doughnut is cream filled, according to an Ipsos poll for National Donut Day: 22

Percentage who favor plain glazed: 18

Percentage of respondents who prefer jelly filled: 11

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of people who say they had planned to purchase a gift for Dad this year, compared to the 83 percent who purchased Mother's Day gifts for Mom, according to a recent survey by RetailMeNot: 73

Average amount shoppers spend to buy gifts for Dad: $57

Average amount they spent to buy gifts for Mom: $85

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Idle Thought

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