All our toys and distractions are adding up to a sizable cost:
The national phone poll of 1,005 U.S. adults found that Americans who subscribe to digital services spend an average of $166 each month for cable TV, home Internet access, mobile phone service and digital subscriptions, like satellite radio and streaming video—the equivalent of 17 percent of their monthly rent or mortgage payment. Those who download songs, apps and other products spend an additional $38 per month, on average.That's more than $200 per month. During a depression. For distraction and leisure. Sure, we use it all for productivity too---I'd be lost without my broadband connection for working at home---but cable TV? the iPhone? Streaming Netflix? iTunes downloads?
I think if more people saw these numbers, perhaps we'd be slightly, just slightly more circumspect.