Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 03, 2020

At a time when more Americans may find themselves at home due to the coronavirus, percentage of U.S. adults who have used someone else's account or password to access subscriber-only content -- including video streaming, music streaming and online journalism, according to a study by bankrate.com: 42

Percentage of those with a subscriber-only account who have shared their subscription information with someone else: 56

Percentage of millennials with these accounts who are the most likely lenders: 74

Amount of money that millennial subscription borrowers believe the practice saves them annually: $666

Source: Bankrate.com.

Ranks of Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxembourg on the list of the world's happiness countries, according to the World Happiness Report: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

In the last three years, number of times Finland has placed No. 1 in the report: 3

Number of the world's richest, biggest economies that cracked the top 10: 0

Rank of China: 93

Rank of Russia: 73

Rank of the United States: 19

Source: World Happiness Report.

Percentage of Americans who are "certain" they understand how the coronavirus spreads, according to the market research team at Colling Media: 48

Among all respondents, percentage who say they are closely following news about the coronavirus: 74

Source: Colling Media.

Percentage of teens living in rural areas who lack access to high-speed internet, rendering them less confident about graduating high school as well as future prospects for jobs and financial success, according to a survey by the National 4-H Council and Microsoft Corp.: 20

Percentage who said they've struggled to complete homework due to slow internet connections: 50

Percentage of American teens who said high-speed internet access could change their community for the better by improving the local economy: 80

Source: National 4-H Council.

Percentage of Americans who support expanding paid sick leave access beyond the provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, according to a poll taken by LeanIn.Org: 76

Percentage of Americans who think at least some workers affected by the coronavirus should have access to paid leave for illness or quarantine: 95

Percentage who say health care workers should have access to paid sick days: 77

Source: LeanIn.Org.

As a direct result of COVID-19, percentage of Americans who feel that riding public transit poses a high health risk due to the virus, according to a poll by Northstar: 48

Percentage who report decreased usage of public transportation (subways, buses and light rail): 30 to 40

Source: Northstar Travel Media Research.

Percentage of consumers who have access to an internet-connected TV, according to the results of a survey by Integral Ad Science: 90

Percentage of people who are willing to see ads in exchange for watching free streaming video: 76

Source: Integral Ad Science Inc.

Percentage of enterprises around the globe that say the COVID-19 outbreak is having somewhat of a negative impact on overall business operations, according to a survey conducted by 451 Research, the emerging technology research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence: 63

Percentage of respondents who are expecting to invest more in employee communication and collaboration technology: 43

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Percentage of Americans 18 and older who support government-mandated measures of one sort or another in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by ROI Rocket: 98

Ranks of restricting travel (85%), imposing quarantines (72%), restricting the operating hours of bars and restaurants (70%) and shutting down schools (70%) on the list of restrictions Americans support: 1, 2, 3 (tie)

Source: ROI Rocket.

Percentage of broadband households that say it would be very difficult to be without broadband service, a finding likely to grow stronger given the public health emergency mandating stay-at-home periods, according to research by Parks Associates: 76

Percentage who would cancel their pay-TV subscription before canceling their broadband service: 60

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of organizations that say growing and managing their employee base in new countries limits their international expansion to some degree, according to a report commissioned by ADP: 93

Percentage who say that recruitment challenges are one of the greatest obstacles to their global expansion: 46

Percentage who agree that HR-related issues are some of the most challenging barriers they have when expanding beyond their home country: 71

Source: ADP.

Idle Thought

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." -- E.M. Forster, novelist

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)