Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 17, 2017

During 2016, amount of credit debt racked up by U.S. consumers, pushing outstanding balances to $978.9 billion, according to research by WalletHub, based on Federal Reserve data: $89.2 billion

Amount that the average indebted household now owes: $8,377

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of workers who feel they do not get enough sleep each night, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder: 26

Percentage of all workers who say that a lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work: 60

Percentage who say thinking about work keeps them up at night: 47


Year that the first practical automatic dishwasher was born (designed by Josephine Cochrane, a socialite, out of annoyance at how her domestic staff damaged her china), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1839

Year that a patent was awarded: 1886

Today, of the nation's nearly 133 million housing units, number that have automatic dishwashers: 87 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

When dining with family, percentage of families who say they have a no cellphone policy at the table, according to a survey by Toluna: 50

When dining with friends, percentage who have a no cellphone policy at the table: 39

Percentage of Americans who have blocked family or a friend on social media without their knowledge: 44

Source: Toluna QuickSurveys.

Percentage of women who believe that communication is the most important thing in a relationship, according to a survey commissioned by epi24: 72

Percentage who said having fun together: 11

Percentage who said sexual attraction: 2

Source: epi24.

Percentage of Americans who plan to look for a better-paying job and increase overall savings over the next four years, according to an Experian survey: 43

Percentage who said they will decrease their spending: 39

Source: Experian Consumer Direct.

Percentage of IT executives who understand that the pace of IT change and transformation is increasing, according to the results of a survey by BMC: 86

Percentage of respondents who state that the share of IT budget spent on ongoing management and maintenance is growing: 55

Source: BMC.

Percentage of U.S. employers who are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a survey by the National Safety Council: 71

Percentage of employers who agree that prescription drug misuse is a disease that requires treatment: 71

Percentage who feel it is a justifiable reason to fire an employee: 65

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of Americans who believe the average person should be taking concrete steps to reduce his or her environmental impact, according to a survey conducted by Knoxville-based Shelton Group: 90

Percentage who think that personal energy conservation habits can make a real difference in preventing climate change: 67

Percentage of Americans who correctly identified the No. 1 manmade cause of climate change -- the energy we use in our homes: 6

Source: Shelton Group.

Idle Thought

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." -- Winston Churchill

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