Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 17, 2020

Estimated number of people who were planning to make a financial resolution for 2020, according to a WalletHub survey: 99 million

Ranks of "repay 20% of your credit card debt" and "add one month's pay to your emergency fund" on the list of WalletHub's Top 10 New Year's financial resolutions for 2020: 1, 2

Source: WalletHub.

Average cost of tickets to the very first Super Bowl in 1967, according to research by Andrew D. Even (about $75 in 2018 money): $10

By the year 2000, average cost of Super Bowl tickets, when adjusted for inflation: $500

Average price in 2019: $6,122

Source: Tickpick.

Percentage of parents who said mom-shaming and overscheduling kids were the parenting trends they'd most like to see go away in 2020, according to a survey by Boudreaux's Butt Paste: 64

Percentage of parents who agree that the "authoritative" parenting style -- i.e., being sensitive and responsive to children's needs, while maintaining sternness -- is most effective: 54

Rank of "authoritarian" parenting -- being stern, demanding and aloof -- on the list of effective parenting styles, with 12% of the vote: 2

Source: Boudreaux's Butt Paste.

Percentage of U.S. adults who said that marriage is very important to them, according to a survey by Adam and Eve: 57

Percentage who said it is somewhat important: 27

Percentage who said it is not at all important to them: 15

Source: Adam and Eve.

Percentage of all shoppers who made holiday purchases while drunk, including 31% of men and the same number of millennials, according to a survey by CompareCards: 23

Source: CompareCards.

Percentage of grocery dollars that come from online shopping (sales are expected to triple and reach $74 billion by 2023), according to research by Acosta: 3

Percentage of their grocery budget the average online grocery shopper spends online: 33

Percentage of millennials who utilize online grocery pickup once a week or multiple times a week: 50

Source: Acosta.

Percentage of U.S. adults with debt who expect to die in debt, according to 7

Percentage of debtors who expect a debt-free future within five years: 45

Average payoff time among those who are bogged down by debt but expect to be debt-free at some point: 9 years

Percentage of U.S. adults who anticipate adding to their debts in 2020: 27


Percentage of senior managers who noted the top job-search tactic that helps job seekers' chances is networking or connecting with current employees at the company of interest via social media, according to research from global staffing firm Accountemps: 49

Percentage who said providing access to an online portfolio or personal website: 47

Ranks of "the use of cartoons or caricatures" (35%) and "colorful fonts or backgrounds" (25%) on application materials on the list of actions that can negatively impact candidates: 1, 2

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of parents and students who reported that their high schools promote four-year university programs as a post-secondary education option, according to a survey commissioned by StrataTech Education Group: 73

Percentage that promote two-year college programs: 45

Source: StrataTech Education Group.

Percentage of co-working employees who are satisfied with their co-working space, according to a survey from Clutch: 77

Ranks of in-office perks, such as coffee, snacks, social events and games, convenient location and opportunity to interact with other businesses on the list of the top three benefits of co-working spaces: 1, 2, 3

Source: Clutch.

Idle Thought

"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know." -- William Wilberforce

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