Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 15, 2019

Percentage of male business travelers who have been hungover during a meeting or presentation while on a business trip, compared to 14% of female business travelers, according to a "La Quinta Means Business" survey: 28

Percentage of business travelers who say they've missed a special event, such as birthdays or holidays, due to business travel: 81

Source: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Percentage of consumers who decided to return nondefective electronics early on, citing frustration and/or confusion during product unpackaging, installation and first use, according to the results of a study on consumer return behavior for nondefective electronics products by TechSee: 65

Percentage of consumers who agreed that they would return a product if they found it difficult to install: 54

Percentage who said they would also return it if they found it difficult to operate, suggesting customer support is a critical component in lowering no-fault-found returns: 70

Source: TechSee.

When asked why people choose not to cook more, percentage of respondents who said the biggest factor was not having enough time, according to the Cooking at Home Report by June: 45

While 35% of respondents had a set dinnertime growing up, percentage who have a set dinnertime now: 22

Source: June.

Percentage of parents who give a regular allowance, according to a study by RoosterMoney: 73

Average amount given for birthdays: $42

The most entrepreneurial age -- as they are the most likely to sell their own toys and clothes to boost income: 11

Average amount made per sale: $32

Source: RoosterMoney.

Percentage of people in a relationship who don't know core financial facts about their partner, according to a survey from Policygenius: 16

Overall, percentage of people who manage money separately from their partner: 22

Percentage who don't know their partner's credit score: 50

Percentage who have a secret credit card: 12

Percentage who have a secret checking account: 13

Source: Policygenius.

Percentage of Americans who say the reason for not planning to go into physical stores on Black Friday 2019 is that the stores are too busy, according to a survey by Genesys: 37

Percentage who say the price reductions are not worth the inconvenience: 25

Percentage of American men who are more interested in brick-and-mortar shopping, vs. 33% of women: 45

Source: Genesys.

Percentage more likely that women are than men to say they hide their phone to avoid using it during a meal (39 percent to 24 percent), according to survey commissioned by OpenTable: 15

Source: OpenTable Inc.

Ranks of a nice meal out, clothes and electronics on the list of purchases that consumers feel most guilty about, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Slickdeals: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of Americans who feel guilty when purchasing health products: 16

Percentage who reported feeling a pang of guilt when they buy alcoholic drinks: 33

Source: Slickdeals.

Of the 67% of parents who say they practice mindfulness with their children at home, percentage who say it's been beneficial, according to a survey ClassDojo conducted in the U.S., U.K. and Australia: 96

Ranks of improved handling of emotions, increased calm, happier and greater focus on the list of specific benefits gained by teaching mindfulness in school: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: ClassDojo.

Percentage of older adults who would prefer to live in their current home, according to research from Home Instead Inc.: 68

Percentage who have thought about age-friendly modifications: 64

Percentage of older adults who have taken time to consider the age-friendly features they will want in a new home: 85

Source: Home Instead Senior Care.

Idle Thought

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." -- Walt Whitman, poet

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