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September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Only two years ago, Americans considered the television set just below the automobile and the land-line telephone as a necessity in their lives. But according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project, the percentage has dropped from 64 percent in 2006 to 42 percent this year. Last year it stood at 52 percent. Besides the car and phone, Americans regard the clothes dryer, air conditioner, PC, cell phone, and microwave as greater necessities. Among Americans 18-29, only 29 percent say they consider the television set a necessity of life. The study observed that the results represent a “confusing picture,” noting that “even as fewer Americans say they consider the TV set to be a necessity of life, more Americans than ever are stocking up on them.”