Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 04, 2019

Percentage of resolution-makers with financially themed resolutions who achieve their goal, according to WalletHub research: 10

Ranks of sign up for credit monitoring, pay bills right after getting a paycheck and repay 20 percent of credit card debt on the list of WalletHub's top financial New Year's resolutions for 2019: 1, 2, 3

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of Americans who said getting older gives them an opportunity to take up a new hobby, according to a survey done on behalf of TD Ameritrade: 54

Percentage who said it allows them to join new social circles: 24

Ranks of spend time with friends and family, focus on my health and wellness, seek out new experiences and increase leisure time on the list of Americans' top priorities when aging: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: TD Ameritrade.

Percentage of millennials who spend 6-plus hours on their smartphones daily, according to a study conducted by Harris Poll with OpenX: 33+

Percentage of consumers who watch no live TV: 25

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of professionals surveyed who say they have an annual performance review with their boss, according to a survey by Korn Ferry: 87

Percentage who say real-time feedback and ongoing performance discussions with their bosses are more effective than an annual review: 96

Percentage of respondents who say annual reviews have no impact or a negative impact on their performance: 30

Source: Korn Ferry International.

Percentage of Americans who said they watched videos on platforms like YouTube, Twitch or Facebook, according to a survey by YouGov Omnibus: 52

When asked about "clickbait," percentage of video watchers who say they have been duped: 69

Source: YouGov.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age at first marriage in the United States for males (up from 27.1 years in 2003): 29.8 years

Median age at first marriage in the United States for females (up from 25.3 years in 2003): 27.8 years

In 2018, percentage of young adults ages 18 to 34 who were married, down from 59 percent in 1978: 29

Today, number of single-person households, composing 28 percent of all households in the United States: 35.7 million

In 1960, percentage of all households that were single-person households: 13

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of older adults who anticipate a time when they are not able to drive, according to a survey by the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center: 42

Percentage of older adults who say finding alternative transportation would be very difficult or somewhat difficult: 68

Percentage of caregivers who spend five to 10 hours or more on the transportation needs of friends or relatives each week: 39

Source: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center.

Percentage of U.S. adult consumers who said their concern over the privacy of personal data has increased in the past few years, according to an SAS survey: 73

Percentage who think the U.S. government should do more to protect data privacy: 67

Source: SAS.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households that are very familiar with at least one energy program -- including rebates and incentives, rate plans, usage monitoring, etc. -- according to energy research from Parks Associates: 29

Percentage that are very familiar with rebates and other incentives associated with the adoption of energy-efficient products: 21

Percentage that believe it is very important to have an energy-efficient home, though only 16 percent believe their personal habits are very energy-efficient: 56

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of CFOs who plan to bring in consultants for business systems and performance improvement initiatives over the next 12 months, according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey: 50

Percentage who say they require consultants for finance and accounting: 39

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Idle Thought

"Every man is guilty of all the things he didn't do." -- Voltaire

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