Parents, Teens and Technology
Family members tend to use the same kinds of gadgets, but teenagers find them more useful.
What Americans Pay For – and How
Bill-paying is a different experience now than it was a generation ago. A sizable minority of adults pay by click. And a sizable majority pay each month for one or more of the big three Information Age staples that didn’t exist or were in their infancy a few decades back — cell phones, internet service and cable and satellite television.
We Try Hard. We Fall Short. Americans Assess Their Saving Habits
Despite a negative national savings rate, three-in-four Americans still think of themselves as savers. But a majority also acknowledge they don’t save enough, according to a new Pew survey.
A Portrait of “Generation Next”
A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change.
Luxury or Necessity?
As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that asks whether a broad array of everyday consumer products are luxuries or necessities.
The Devil’s New Playground: The Shopping Mall
Has the repeal of Sunday blue laws given the Devil a new playground? A pair of economists think so.
“Remedy” Ads May be Hazardous to Your Health
Find out why it might make sense to put health warnings on self-improvement ads. And learn what happens to companies whose CEO’s are narcissists.
As the Price of Gas Goes Up, The Nation’s Odometer Slows Down
About half the public says it is driving less due to sticker shock at the pump.
Americans and Their Cars: Is the Romance on the Skids?
Any nation with more passenger vehicles than licensed drivers has a pretty serious love affair with the automobile. But the romance seems to be cooling off a bit — a casualty of its own intensity.
Gambling: As the Take Rises, So Does Public Concern
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds a modest backlash in attitudes toward legalized gambling, even as the public is spending more money on more forms of legal gambling.