Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 02, 2020

Percentage of Americans who view longer life as a plus for the economy, according to a poll from the Longevity Project and Morning Consult, developed in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity: 53

Percentage who agree that older workers are good mentors: 84

Percentage who agree that they are more mature in their dealings with co-workers and display stronger organizational citizenship: 77

Percentage who also believe that work quality improves with age: 66

Source: Longevity Project.

Among all college graduates in the U.S. who would change their major if they had the ability to go back, percentage who said the primary reason was "I want to pursue my passion," according to a report from BestColleges: 26

Percentage who said, "I want better/more job opportunities": 25

Percentage who said, "I want better compensation or benefits": 14

Percentage of all respondents who said their education had no value at all: 4

Source: BestColleges.

Rank of distraction and noise (48%) and a lack of privacy (48%) on the list of challenges in coworking environments, according to a survey from Clutch: 1 (tied)

Ranks of limited space and insufficient equipment: 3, 4

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of U.S. mortgage holders who say the size of their mortgage has a negative impact on their ability to save money for the future, according to a Bankrate.com survey: 77

Percentage of homeowners who say the equity in their home is higher than their retirement savings accounts (including 401(k) or IRA): 39

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of Americans in the workforce who said they consciously take steps to avoid the germs of sick co-workers or colleagues, according to the Bradley Corp. Healthy Hand-Washing Survey: 89

Percentage who correctly believe that hand-washing is more effective in removing germs than hand sanitizer -- a fact supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 64

Ranks of restaurants, hospitals and clinics, and doctor's or dentist's offices on the list of places where there was the most concern about somebody not washing their hands: 1, 2, 3

Source: Bradley Corp.

Estimated number of Americans who are saving more money during coronavirus, rather than spending more, according to a survey by WalletHub: 158 million

Number of Americans who have canceled or plan to cancel travel plans due to the coronavirus: 94 million

Source: WalletHub.

Rank of outdoor remodels (47%) on the list of planned renovations in 2020 -- including plans for decks (45%), greenhouses/gardens (35%) and patios (34%), according to research from SunTrust Banks Inc.: 1

Ranks of bathroom improvements (42%) and kitchen upgrades (38%) on the list: 2, 3

Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.

Percentage of Americans who are embracing the notion of solo travel, compared to an average of 9% of Europeans, according to research by eDreams: 24

Of U.S. travelers who prefer to go it alone, percentage who believe that 25 to 34 is the best age range to go solo, compared to just 6% of those 55 and older: 27

Source: eDreams.

Percentage of Americans (including 46% of Gen Z and 44% of millennials) who make fitness-related purchases, according to a survey from CompareCards: 33

Average monthly cost of these purchases: $124.40

Source: CompareCards.

Total professional monitoring revenue for the U.S. residential security industry in 2020, according to Parks Associates forecasts: $15.74 billion

Of that, amount accounted for by smart home services: $1.2 billion

Percentage of smart smoke/CO detector owners who indicate interest in having their smoke detector connected to a professional monitoring service: 70

Source: Parks Associates.

Idle Thought

"A king can stand people's fighting, but he can't last long if people start thinking." -- Will Rogers

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