What do American want the most these days?

A new report from the Pew Research center titled “The Fading Glory of the Television and the Telephone” confirms the big drop on Flat screen TV prices I blogged about a few days ago.

The report shows that more Americans need their home computers (49 percent), cell phones (47 percent), and even microwave ovens (45 percent) than their TV sets (42 percent). The number of people who consider the TV to be an essential item dropped from 52 percent last year.

This certainly shows more people use their computer and cell phones as the source of information than TV which is not surprising to me. The survey breaks out TV sets and flat screen TVs. Guess how many people consider a flat screen TV essential? It is 10 percent, which when you combine it with the regular TV sets, brings you back to 52 percent.

What I don’t understand, is the 62% of us needling a landline phone.  Why? More and more people are switching to cell phones ONLY, and if you ask people who have a landline and a cellphone both to give up one, 9 times out of 10 it will be the landline.

Only 5 percent of people said that they absolutely need a flat screen TV last year. So the total combined need for TVs still went down a bit (by 5 percent),

The car, is what people say they need the most of course, with 86 percent.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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