Ranks of dining out, shopping, vacations and retirement savings on the list of sacrifices parents are willing to make to help their children's dreams come true, according to a study commissioned by SunTrust Banks: 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of building character, keeping them physically active, sharing the love of a sport/activity and helping their child meet new friends on the list of top reasons parents fund their youngsters' ambitions: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.
Percentage of American workers who believe their bosses are a major cause of stress at work and can be as harmful to employees as passive smoking, according to Quartz and data from the American Psychology Association: 75
Percentage who would not leave the job -- statistics show that employees get used to their jobs despite being unhappy: 59
Source: American Psychological Association.
Percentage of Americans who haven't had a weeklong vacation in more than a year, according to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance: 51
Percentage who say it's been more than two years: 38
Percentage of Americans who said an annual vacation was important to them: 58
Source: Allianz Global Assistance.
Percentage of Americans who say the middle class is shrinking versus expanding, according to data from Northwestern Mutual: 45
Percentage who can see a time when the middle class completely disappears: 32
Percentage of Americans who still classify themselves as middle class: 68
Source: Northwestern Mutual.
Percentage of Americans who say they are personally involved in artistic activities -- including painting, photography, sewing and playing an instrument, among the most common -- according to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts: 47
Percentage of Americans who have attended an arts event in the past year, including the theater, a zoo or botanical garden, historic site or musical performance: 72
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Rank of "excessive device use replacing conversation and human interaction" on the list of concerns about tech use that worry speech-language pathologists, according to a survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 1
Percentage who said their No. 1 piece of advice is to set reasonable parameters and model safe usage: 70
On a great first date, percentage of women who want their date to compliment her appearance, according to a survey by Match.com: 94
Percentage who want their date to be waiting for her when she arrives: 90
Percentage who want their date to hug her: 8
Percentage who want their date to kiss her on the cheek: 71
Percentage of American adults who are considering at least one cosmetic treatment in the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted on behalf of RealSelf: 37
Percentage who are considering nonsurgical procedures: 34
Percentage who are considering surgical ones: 24
Percentage of Americans who say they live within five minutes of a convenience store, according to a survey released by National Association of Convenience Stores: 64
Percentage of Americans in rural communities who say they are within 10 minutes of a convenience store: 86
Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.
Percentage of those sexually harassed at work who said they reported it, according to a CareerBuilder Survey: 29
Of those who did report it, percentage who said the issue was resolved: 76
Percentage who said the person stopped the harassment: 29
Percentage who said the person was fired: 21
While most employees stick it out, percentage of those harassed who said they left their job because of it: 13
"It's hard work being a person; you have to do it every single day." -- Carol Shields, "The Republic of Love"
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