Quick question: Do you think a microwave is a necessity or a luxury?
According to the findings Americans are paring down on what they consider necessities. For example, in 2006 68% of people called the microwave a “necessity”. In 2009 only 47% now feel that way.
Here is a chart showing how some other items fared as well.
It’s interesting to see that a shaky economy has people viewing less items as necessities. But it totally makes sense. When money is a little tight, it’s amazing what you can make do with.
I was curious how the DD household would compare with the survey’s findings, so I quizzed my wife tonight at dinner and here are our results:
Necessity Survey (Item, nationwide Yes%, DD, Mrs. DD)
Is this item a necessity?
- Car – 88% – Yes – Yes
- Landline phone – 68% – Yes – Yes
- Clothes Dryer – 66% – Yes – Yes
- Home air conditioning – 54% – Yes – No
- TV set – 52% – No – No
- Home Computer 50% – No – Yes
- Cell Phone – 49% – No – No
- Microwave – 47% – Yes – No
- High Speed Internet – 31% – No – Yes
- Cable/Satellite TV – 23% – No – No
- Dishwasher – 21% – No – No
- Flat Screen TV – 8% – No – No
- iPod – 4% – No – No
The only ones my wife & I really disagreed on were Home AC and the Microwave. I said yes to both. I get miserably hot really easy, so I feel I “need” AC. Upon reflection, I guess I could go without a microwave, but when I first thought about it I instantly said yes.
**My wife said “yes” to Computer & High Speed Internet because she works from home and uses these for her job. She said if it wasn’t for that, she’d had said “no”**
So what about you? Do you think any of those items are necessities?
Looking forward to your answers.
Until next time,