Including mortgages, credit cards and student loans, amount of debt owed by Americans, according to the New York Federal Reserve: $14 trillion
According to a recent survey conducted by Nationwide, percentage of Americans who are stressed thinking about their debt: 44
Percentage of respondents who said they feel a sense of relief and accomplishment when they pay off their debt: 54
Percentage of consumers who eat at fast-food restaurants once per month, according to RetailMeNot data: 86
Percentage who visit "fast casual" establishments: 67
Average cost per month of eating outside the home: $281
According to an ongoing Gallup Poll, percentage of Americans (totalling 45 million people) who stated they were utilizing CBD products and fewer opiates to aid with discomfort: 14
Source: Gallup Organization.
Ranks of Iceland, Norway and Finland on the list of countries where gender inequality -- the gap between men and women in terms of health, education, work and politics -- is the narrowest, according to the World Economic Forum: 1, 2, 3
Rank of the U.K.: 21
Rank of the U.S.: 53
Ranks of Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen (the bottom three): 151, 152, 153
Projected number of years it will take gender inequality to disappear altogether, according to the Forum: 99
Source: World Economic Forum.
Ranks of "lack of progression" and "low pay" on the list of reasons people quit their jobs, according to research by CareerAddict: 1, 2
Percentage who said they didn't regret leaving their jobs: 87
Percentage who also revealed they would consider returning if they were offered a better salary or a higher position: 35
Percentage of respondents who said their boss takes credit for their work: 50
Percentage of Americans who say the media are important to American democracy, with over half saying they are very important, according to a survey conducted by Regina Corso Consulting: 85
Source: Regina Corso Consulting.
Percentage of professionals who said their company provides the option to work off-site, according to Robert Half: 47
Of those, percentage who take advantage of the perk and work from home: 70
Percentage who do their job from another location, such as a cafe or shared office space: 6
Source: Robert Half.
Percentage of workers who find digital administration boring and a poor use of their skills, according to research conducted by OnePoll: 48
Percentage who say it gets in the way of doing their main job: 51
Percentage who report that it reduces their overall productivity: 64
Ranks of general data entry, managing email traffic and filing digital documents -- such as documents, spreadsheets, images or PDFs -- into the correct digital folder on the list of the most-hated office tasks: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of dining out and travel/experiences on the list of categories that consumers are most likely to splurge on, as determined by 5W Public Relations in its 2020 consumer culture report: 1, 2
Source: 5W Public Relations.
Percentage of U.S. adults who have enough savings to cover a $1,000 emergency room visit or car repair, according to a report by Bankrate.com: 41
Percentage of adults (or their close family) who have experienced an unexpected expense in the past year: 28
Average cost of one: $3,518
"Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: Possessions are generally diminished by possession." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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