Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 22, 2018

When seeking advice on what to buy, percentage of consumers who trust celebrity endorsements, according to the first ExpertVoice Consumer Trust Panel: 4

Percentage who trust sponsored professional athletes: 7

Percentage who trust social influencers: 6

Percentage of consumers who trust the recommendations from friends and family: 83

Source: ExpertVoice.

Amount of money consumers repaid in credit card debt during the first financial quarter of 2018, the second-biggest quarterly paydown ever, according to a WalletHub report: $40.3 billion

Percentage of people with credit card debt who say they'll pay it off in less than a year: 41

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of professionals who said they are more likely to accept a job offer if there's the possibility of telecommuting at least some of the time, according to research from global staffing firm Robert Half: 77

Ranks of "people abusing the benefit" (22 percent), "feeling isolated and missing a team environment" (22 percent) and "strained interpersonal relationships due to lack of face time" (17 percent) on the list of the top drawbacks of telecommuting: 1 (tie), 3

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of America's employers who have been negatively impacted by tired employees, according to a National Safety Council survey: 90

Percentage who say they've had an employee fall asleep on the job: 50

Percentage of employers who have experienced absenteeism: 57

Percentage who report injuries and near-misses due to fatigued employees: 32

Source: National Safety Council.

Ranks of "Jeopardy!" "Wheel of Fortune," "The Price Is Right," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Family Feud" on the list of America's top five most popular contemporary TV shows, according to research by YouGov: 1, 2, 3 (tie), 5

Ranks of "I Love Lucy," "Jeopardy!" "The Twilight Zone," "The Golden Girls" and "I Dream of Jeannie" on the list of America's top five most popular TV shows of all time: 1, 2, 3, 4 (tie)

Source: YouGov.

In a profession dominated by women, estimated amount more that men in nursing earn per year than their female counterparts, according to a by OnCourse Learning survey: $6,000

Average salary for men in nursing: $79,688

Average salary for women in nursing: $73,090 Percentage of the U.S. nursing workforce that is comprised of men: 12


Percentage of parents who said popular tech devices take away reading time for their child, according to a poll by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 Minutes: 34

Percentage of parents of children ages 0 to 2 years who said this is the case: 26

Percentage of parents with children ages 3 to 5 who said the same: 37

Percentage of parents with children ages 6 to 8 who said the same: 40

Source: ASHA.

In the United States, percentage of college graduates who are unemployed, according to Datatrek Research: 2

Percentage of Americans over 25 years of age with such a degree who are in the workforce: 73

Percentage of high school graduates with no further schooling who are unemployed: 3.9

Percentage who are in the workforce: 54.9

Source: DataTrek Research.

Percentage of young men in relationships who think marriage proposals should be a surprise, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Helzberg Diamonds by Toluna Group: 73

Percentage of young women who agree: 63

Percentage of men who think modern proposals should reflect the kind of egalitarian relationships people want today: 47

Percentage of women in a relationship who said a traditional engagement was important for them: 37

Source: Helzberg Diamonds.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who are happiest online when shopping, according to a research report by Rokt: 81

Ranks of happy, excited and productive on the list of the most common emotions linked with making a purchase online: 1, 2, 3

Source: Rokt.

Idle Thought

"A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points." -- Alan Kay, computer scientist

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