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Are boomers betting the farm on the house?

Chances are you won’t retire debt-free like your parents’ generation. That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to promoting free-market alternatives to government regulation. The study compared the pre-retirement spending habits of today’s middle-aged (45-54) and older workers (55-64) with …

The age of distracted viewing

The age of distracted viewing

Half of all cell phone owners use their devices while watching TV, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Owners use their phones to engage with content, avoid advertising or interact with others. The report is based on a survey of 2,254 adults via landline and mobile phones. The numbers drop dramatically …

Working for life

Working for life

The headline grabbed my attention: “The Secret to a Successful Retirement: Don’t Retire.” It adorned an article on The Street about a study by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research: “The best financial advice for the growing number of Baby Boomers eagerly approaching retirement is: ‘Don’t.’” The study found that a combination of depressed home …

Boomers continue march to early retirement

Boomers continue march to early retirement

Despite protests that they can never afford to retire, a new survey shows that baby boomers are still leaving the workforce before the magic age of 65. The trend not only contradicts the conventional wisdom spouted by business and financial journalists but may create problems for a federal government already struggling to pay its bills. …

Twitter use remains steady

Twitter use remains steady

Fifteen percent of online adults use Twitter, about the same number who said they used the microblogging service last May, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. As of February 2012, some 15% of online adults use Twitter; 8% do so on a typical day. Overall Twitter adoption remains steady, as the 15% …

The high cost of high tech

The high cost of high tech

Want to know where all of your money is going? Talk to your hand. More than half of American adults believe technology like smartphones has made it easier to spend money. Only 3 percent say it has made it easier to save, according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris …

America gets its information on the fly

America gets its information on the fly

Nearly 9 in 10 smartphone owners use their devices for consumer research. They are using them to perform real-time searches to help arrange meetings with friends, solve problems or find information to settle an argument, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life project. Within the past 30 days, smartphone or …

Happy Nurses Week, Y’all

It’s Nurses Week, time to pay tribute to the people who keep us on our feet. For me it’s more than a Hallmark event. Our daughter graduates from nursing school in a year and has learned from the inside the rigors of the profession . . . as well as the value of digital charting. …

Survey gets a read on e-readers

Survey gets a read on e-readers

A fifth of American adults say they have read an e-book in the past year. They read more frequently than their print-loving counterparts and they’re more likely than others to have bought rather than borrowed their most recent book. Those are some of the findings of the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Reading …

Email vs. texting: a generational divide?

Email vs. texting: a generational divide?

Email is still the more popular mode of Internet communication but teens prefer texting, according to a pair of surveys. Is the split a harbinger of a shift in corporate messaging? According to a new global survey 85% of adults use the Internet for email while 62% use it for social networking. Private research firm …

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