By TIMES WIRES
Published February 4, 2007
We'd give up a lot to keep our cups of coffee
What would you do for a cup of joe? Some coffee drinkers would go that extra mile for the fix, says a survey of 1,015 adults by OnTech Operations Inc., a manufacturer of self-heating containers:
- Forty-two percent would trade in the morning paper, television or radio for a cup.
- One in five would swap lunch for coffee.
- Twelve percent would give up three hours of sleep.
- One in 10 would skip brushing their teeth.
- Two-thirds of Americans identify themselves as coffee drinkers, and nearly half drink at least one cup every day.
- Men drink more cups per day than women, while people in the Northeast consume more coffee than drinkers in any other region.
- One-third of coffee drinkers consider themselves social drinkers, who use coffee breaks as a time to catch up with family and friends.
- Almost one-quarter like the hot drink because it warms their hands.
- Thirty-seven percent of coffee drinkers ages 18 to 24 drink the caffeine booster to help them accomplish tasks, presumably after a late night out on the town.
Make a co-worker your Valentine ...
It's that time of year when romance is in the air and the American workplace is abuzz, and many of us have an eye on a co-worker, says a survey of 1,588 working adults by recruiting company Spherion Corp.:
- Nearly four in 10 would consider dating a co-worker, and nearly four in 10 have.
- Despite 41 percent of U.S. workers thinking that a workplace romance would jeopardize their job security or advancement opportunities, 39 percent have had a workplace romance and the same percentage would consider it.
- 42 percent of workers conduct their romance openly, compared to 35 percent who consider it top secret.
- Women are more likely than men to feel a romantic relationship at work might jeopardize their jobs (47 percent vs. 36 percent).
... but being single can be okay, too
Embracing singledom as a lifestyle choice rather than a consequence, today's twentysomethings don't worry about ticking biological clocks and finding Mr. Right, says a survey of 5,946 twentysomething women by advertising agency JWT:
- Nearly two-thirds of women surveyed across nine countries agree it's not unusual for women to stay single into her 30s, and most think that a woman can feel comfortable with her singlehood for nine years longer than she could 20 years ago.
- Almost one-third plan on postponing childbirth until their 30s, while more than a quarter said they have no problem raising children without a partner.
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