Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 20, 2019

Percentage of senior managers who said style of dress is important for candidates when interviewing for a job, according to research from Accountemps: 94

Percentage who said applicants should always wear a formal suit for their interview: 37

Percentage who felt proper interview attire depends on the position or department at the company: 36

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of people who said they enjoy scrubbing the toilet vs. the 67% who said they enjoy washing their dishes by hand, according to a household chore survey conducted done on behalf of DishFish: 77

Percentage who enjoy taking out the garbage: 79

Percentage who enjoy cleaning the stovetop: 78

Percentage who enjoy cleaning the tub/shower: 78

Percentage of people who let their dishes pile up between cleanings: 69

Source: DishFish.

Percentage of employees who said they regularly search for jobs while employed, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 29

Percentage who said that even though they are not actively looking for a new role, they would be open if the right opportunity came along: 78


Number of American adults -- 15% of the U.S. adult population -- who are planning to bet on National Football League games this season, according to a survey by the American Gaming Association: 38 million

Percentage of avid NFL fans who plan to place a bet on the NFL this season: 39

Source: American Gaming Association.

Percentage of respondents to Adam and Eve's annual sex survey who said they prefer monogamy in their sexual relationships (77% of females; 68% of males): 73

Percentage who said they are open to nonmonogamous sexual relationships (11% of females; 22% of males): 17

Source: Adam and Eve.

Percentage of new-car buyers who have some familiarity with autonomous mode, according to an Ipsos study: 50

If given the choice, percentage of new-car buyers who would purchase a fully autonomous vehicle: 6

Percentage of new-car buyers who simply enjoy driving: 70

Source: Ipsos Global.

Percentage of Americans who think it is easier to go to the ER than to get a doctor's appointment, according to a new independent study from Zocdoc: 73

Average wait time to see a primary care physician in the U.S.: 24 days

Though 84% of Americans have an established relationship with a primary care physician, percentage who would still visit the ER if they couldn't get in to see a doctor at the office quickly enough: 65

Source: Zocdoc.

Percentage of seniors living alone who felt that owning a pet gave them purpose, according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care: 63

Percentage who reported they would feel lonelier without their pet, with more than half saying they would not be as healthy: 86

Source: Home Instead Senior Care.

Percentage of CFOs who said they think a career in consulting is attractive to senior-level accounting and finance executives, according to a survey from Robert Half Management Resources: 90

Ranks of variety and challenge of work, attractive compensation and a flexible schedule on the list of the biggest draws: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of consumers who say they have never traded in a mobile phone, potentially leaving hundreds of dollars on the table when upgrading their devices, according to a survey of people who plan to upgrade their hardware between now and the holidays: 27

Percentage of people who said they own two or more mobile devices, often preferring to keep their current one as a backup -- causing old phones to quickly pile up in desk drawers across the country: 42

Source: ecoATM Gazelle.

Idle Thought

"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher

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