Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 11, 2017

Percentage of CIOs who still think email will be the most common way to communicate internally through 2020, according to respondents in two surveys conducted by Robert Half Technology: 79

Percentage of office workers who agree: 53

Ranks of in-person meetings, email, instant messaging and phone calls on the list of communication channels most effective for planning, strategizing and follow-up, as cited by office workers from various industries and roles: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Percentage of women who would consider a partner's credit score a major influence in a potential relationship, according to a study from 20

Percentage of men who said the same: 7

Percentage of Americans who think credit scores are never an important factor in a relationship: 19

Percentage of respondents who believe in waiting until after dating a few months to divulge their personal finances: 37


Ranks of credit card debt, overeating, social media and bad credit on the list of things people would like to declare independence from, according to WalletHub: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of Americans who think the government tracks our credit card spending: 47

Source: WalletHub.

Among more than 18,000 citizens from 25 countries, percentage who rated the influence of the U.S. on world affairs as positive (a drop from 64 percent in October), according to an Ipsos survey: 40

Ranks of Canada (81 percent), Australia (79 percent), Germany (67 percent), the United Nations (64 percent), France (59 percent) and the European Union (57 percent) on the list of countries and groups of nations rated by global citizens as having a positive influence on world affairs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

Percentage of home cooks for whom internet food and recipe sites have grown to become the top recipe source, according to a survey by the Meredith Corp. on behalf of 58

Percentage of digital home cooks who trade recipes: 75

Percentage of home cooks who report planning most meals the same day as the meal (up 10 percent from 1999): 63

Source: Meredith Corp.

Percentage of Americans who support medical aid in dying, including 55 percent of weekly churchgoers and 60 percent of conservatives, according to a Gallup poll: 73

Source: Gallup Organization.

Rank of toys on the list of the largest durable dog and cat pet care categories with sales crossing the $1 billion threshold in 2016, according to Packaged Facts: 1

Percentage share of sales accounted for by dogs: 75

Percentage of dog owners who agree they enjoy pampering their pet with new toys: 88

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of manufacturers who said they are more optimistic about the U.S. economy compared to last year, according to the 2017 Manufacturing Report from professional services firm Sikich LLP: 66

Percentage of respondents who claim addressing workforce challenges is a top priority: 49

Percentage of companies that conduct IT risk assessments: 63

Source: Sikich.

Percentage of Americans who make at least one or more common mistakes when cleansing their face, according to a national survey by CeraVe: 80

Percentage of consumers who report they feel uninformed about proper skin cleansing methods: 60

Percentage of consumers (66 percent of men and nearly 40 percent of women) who use bath wash or hand soap to cleanse their face: 52

Percentage who use only water: 35

Source: CeraVe.

Idle Thought

"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author

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