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The Pew Research Center asked 1,003 Americans what they considered to be a necessity as against a luxury they could live without. This is what they found:
OK, I can off-hand explain the figures for TV (computers perhaps as alternatives?) But what good is a TV without cable or satellite -- so what explains the lower figure for these? And what explains this fascination for landlines? What really threw me was that only 31 percent want high-speed internet. Perhaps I should go back and read more carefully about the sample size, demographics etc. As for other things, has the recession also brought about an end of materialism?
It'd be fascinating to do a similar exercise for India -- but then which India? It's sobering to think about those without access to food, clothing, education, water, sanitation, electricity but for now perhaps we could start with a similar survey of those who access blogs such as this one: So tell us, which of the above are necessities for you?