Number of megabytes (MB) of data used by Americans in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013 and the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB, according to the annual survey results released by CTIA: 9.6 trillion
Source: CTIA -- The Wireless Association.
Percentage of companies that believe their employees are not knowledgeable about the company's security risks, according to the Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon Institute study: 60
Percentage of companies that have already experienced a security incident due to a malicious or negligent employee: 55
Source: Experian -- Business to Business Unit.
Percentage of human resource managers who say their company commonly acts on feedback from exit interviews, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 63
Percentage of managers who say they update job descriptions as a result: 29
Percentage who say they address comments about management: 24
Percentage of Americans who don't have six months of savings in their emergency fund, according to a survey conducted by Fifth Third Bank: 69
Percentage who don't have an emergency fund at all: 30
Source: Fifth Third Bank.
Rank of Capital One on the list of the 15 largest credit card issuers for offering the best credit card rewards program (for the second consecutive year), scoring 49 percent higher than TD Bank's last-place program, according to CardHub's 2016 Credit Card Rewards Report: 1
Percentage more value there is in redeeming for travel than there is in redeeming for merchandise, the worst option: 54
Percentage of parents who are unaware that the biggest risk to their teens' safety is the vehicle sitting in the driveway, according to a National Safety Council poll: 76
Rank of car crashes on the list of causes of death among teens (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research): 1
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of beer drinkers who agree that it's a great time to be a beer lover, according to a Harris Poll: 88
Percentage who say they enjoy trying new types of beer: 70
Percentage who are fans of local brews: 64
Source: The Harris Poll.
Average growth in cumulative student debt levels in the last 15 years, according to research by Convergex: $5,000
Average debt per borrower at private, nonprofit four-year institutions: $30,200
According to a vintage survey of 1983-1984 graduates of four-year institutions a year after graduation, conducted by the American Council on Education, average college debt: $5,470 (about $12,483 in today's terms)
Among those who have been exposed to streaming programming, rank of Netflix (33 percent) on the list of the most frequent choices for all demographic groups when they want to watch a TV show, according to a survey from E-Poll Market Research: 1
Ranks of a TV channel during its original air time (16 percent), DVR or TiVo Service (15 percent), Hulu subscription (7 percent) and YouTube (7 percent) on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5
Percentage of respondents who said they chose Netflix because there are no commercials: 69
Source: E-Poll Market Research.
On the subject of least-desirable behaviors (and ranking first for the third year in a row), percentage of people who named "the texter" as the most aggravating driver on the road, according to the results of the Expedia 2016 Road Rage Report: 22
Ranks of "the tailgater" (14 percent), "the last-minute line-cutter" (13 percent) and "the left-lane hog" (11 percent) on the list of the least popular American drivers: 2, 3, 4
"Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed." -- Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist
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