Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 16, 2015

Percentage of people who spend their time on "have-to-do" activities, compared to only 33 percent who focus on "want-to-do" activities, according to a survey by Safeco Insurance: 67

Percentage who feel that they successfully manage their time and complete daily to-do lists: 33

Ranks of overeating to cope, withdrawing from other people and becoming angry with others on the list of negative behaviors that result from not having enough hours in the day to get through everything: 1, 2 (tie)

Source: Safeco Insurance.

Percentage of Americans who say they have tried marijuana, according to a Gallup Poll: 44

In 1969, percentage who admitted to having tried it: 4

Date when Oregon joined Colorado, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia in making recreational use of marijuana legal: July 1, 2015

When asked more directly if they smoke marijuana now, percentage of Americans who say they do, up from 7 percent in 2013: 11

Source: Gallup Organization.

Ranks of feeling guilt or shame after shopping, hiding purchases from their families, and checking available credit at least once a week on the list of warning signs of shopaholism, according to a survey: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of Americans who said they almost always or frequently purchase things just because they're on sale: 31

Percentage who said they have frequent arguments over money: 18.5


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

Percentage who regret a post at least once a week: 16

Of all U.S. adults who have had a social media regret, percentage who said they didn't properly consider a response and sounded foolish: 36

Percentage who said they made a comment in the heat of the moment and offended a friend: 15

Source: YouGov.

When asked how soon into a relationship they would be willing to travel with their partner's family, percentage who said they would wait more than a year, according to the results of a study by Expedia and Tinder: 36

Percentage of Americans who felt it would be appropriate to wait more than a year to share a room with their partner when traveling with that partner's parents, versus only 7 percent who would do so within the first month: 43

Source: Expedia.

Ranks of burgers, steak, chicken, and hot dogs on the list of the top items Americans love off the grill, according to a Harris Poll: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of soda/pop, iced tea, beer, lemonade and water on the list of favorite beverages (chosen by Americans 21 and older) on the list of favorite beverages to wash down grilled items: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of Americans who have "no idea" what computer memory is (ironically, as computer memory is essentially what allows Americans to perform many of the everyday digital tasks they rely on to be productive, such as browsing the Web, using Word/Excel, having multiple programs open, etc.), according to data released by 75

Percentage of Americans who feel confident about fixing their computer should a problem arise: 37


Percentage of OTT users ("over the top," which refers to audio and video service delivered over the Internet) aged 18 to 24 who use an OTT video service paid for by someone outside the home, the highest of any age group, according to TDG's research: 20

Percentage of OTT subscribers aged 25 to 34 who admit to this behavior: 10

Percentage of Netflix streamers who are guilty of using nonresident credentials, compared with only 10 percent of Amazon Prime streamers: 20

Source: TDG.

Rank of Bill and Melinda Gates on a Wealth-X list of the world's wealthiest couples with a combined net worth of $85.7 billion: 1

Year that they set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which gives primarily to agricultural development, health, educational and other social causes: 2000

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of consumers who stopped buying from a company out of disagreement with a controversial stand, according to a Field Agent report: 45

Source: Field Agent.

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