Percentage of working adults who admitted that they were thankful to be distracted by work email during the holidays, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive: 15
Percentage of those who said they check work email during a holiday who admitted that they did so while at holiday parties or meals: 10
Source: Harris Interactive.
When asked how they would spend a holiday bonus this year, percentage of respondents earning over $100,000 who say they are likely to invest it, according to a Deloitte survey: 22
Percentage of those earning less than $100,000 who say they will invest it: 11
Percentage of those in the lower income brackets who say they will likely use it to pay for everyday necessities: 31
Source: Deloitte Public Relations.
Year that push-button, or touch-tone, phones made their debut, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1963
At that time, percentage of U.S. homes that had telephones: 81
Today, estimated number of cellphone subscribers (fast replacing landline phones) in the U.S.: 300 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who suspect they've been the recipients of a re-gift, according to a study for national off-price home fashions retailer HomeGoods: 65
Percentage of respondents who have re-gifted a present at least once: 54
Percentage who are repeat offenders: 36
Percentage who say the biggest mistake at work during the holiday season is not attending the holiday party, according to a Randstad survey: 11
Percentage of workers who feel that holiday parties help to build morale: 78
Percentage who would rather receive a bonus than have a holiday party: 93
Ranks of crowded shops, early Christmas hype, "None of them -- I love Christmas," and commercialization on the list of responses from people who were asked to name their top Christmas hates, according to research by money-saving website DiscountVouchers.co.uk: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of people who said they intend to use the gift cards received this Xmas on day-to-day expenses (groceries, gas, etc.), according to a TD Bank poll: 31
Percentage who intend to use them on household items (kitchenware, furniture, etc.) or living expenses (bills, rent, etc.): 11
Percentage of holiday shoppers who say they haven't saved at all for the holidays: 68
Source: TD Bank.
Percentage of parents who like to be prepared for the holiday shopping season, according to a survey of parents who buy gifts for their children at Christmastime, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Duracell: 82
Percentage of moms who like to plan ahead for holiday shopping -- compared to 76 percent of dads: 88
Percentage of moms who have done Christmas shopping at the last minute -- compared to 56 percent of dads: 46
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Rank of the Ford Focus on the list of Car Connection's "Best Cars to Buy 2012," according to High Gear Media: 1
Rank of the Porsche 911 on the list of "Best Performance/Luxury Cars to Buy 2012": 1
Rank of the Toyota Prius on the list of "Best Green Cars to Buy 2012": 1
Source: High Gear Media.
In the last six months, percentage of Americans who have researched potential purchases on their smartphones or other mobile devices at least once, according to a study by the National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee: 50
Percentage who have shopped: 27
Percentage who have made online payments: 18
Percentage who have purchased goods from auction sites: 12
Source: National Cyber Security Alliance.
"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set." -- Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976)
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)