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Poll: Mobile Phones a Common Obsession Throughout the World

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All over the world, people have got to have it -- "it" being their mobile phones. A Time mobility poll that surveyed 5,000 people spanning eight countries finds that a whopping 84 percent can’t go one day with their mobile device at hand.

Our addiction to mobile phones is astonishing, with 25 percent of respondents saying they check it every half hour and one in five admitting that they need to take a peek every ten minutes.

It seems that our mobile devices go everywhere we go no matter where we live: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and of course, the good, old U.S.A.

This obsession carries over to our downtime too, with Time saying that three out of four people ages 25 to 29 will take their phones to bed with them.

As far as sexting and sending provocative photos of ourselves, Americans have a way to go to catch up to the rest of the world.

For instance, Brazil leads the pack with 64 percent of phone owners there claiming to have sent naughty images of themselves, 54 percent saying the same in India and 45 percent in South Africa.

Only 25 percent of Americans in the Time poll admit to sexting.

Overall, the need to be constantly connected is a little less crucial in America, with 76 percent agreeing that it’s a good thing, compared to 90 percent of phone owners in Brazil and India.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Workers Can't Seem to Get It Done at Work

Christopher Robbins/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- Much to supervisors' dismay the workplace isn’t all too conducive to getting things done, a survey by the professional social networking site LinkedIn reveals.

In fact, nearly nine of ten professionals in the worldwide survey say they can’t finish everything on their daily to-do list. One of the problems, according to 26 percent of the respondents, is that they’re too easily distracted, with those in the arts admitting they find it hardest to concentrate on their tasks at hand.  Folks in the agriculture industry claim they have the least difficulty focusing.

In fact, farmers are tops when it comes to completing their daily jobs, with consumer and service workers not far behind. Legal, education and medical employees say they struggle the most to finish their work.

As for making actual to-do lists, it’s probably no surprise that women are more organized than men, with 70 percent claiming to set up task sheets as opposed to 60 percent of males.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Poll: Americans Better Off Than Their Parents

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A majority of Americans say they are better off financially than their parents were at the same age, though seniors are more positive about their wealth than younger people, according to a Gallup poll.

Of 1,012 adults surveyed, 69 percent said they're better off financially than their parents, down from the 74 percent who said so in 1998, the last time Gallup asked this question.

Gallup asked adults age 18 and older: "Think of your parents when they were your age. Would you say you are better off financially than they were, or not?"

"Most Americans still think they are doing better financially than their parents did when they were the same age," Elizabeth Mendes, deputy managing editor at Gallup, wrote in a blog post. "This is positive news, given the difficult state of the U.S. economy over the past several years -- with millions of Americans seeing their home values deteriorate and jobs evaporate."

Homes in the U.S. are expected to lose $681 billion in value in 2011, according to Zillow. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, the lowest this year but still higher than many economists had hoped. Unemployment has remained persistently high since the recession began in 2008, with the country witnessing the longest stretch the jobless rate has stayed over 8 percent since 1948.

Older Americans were more positive in their response than younger respondents for the survey. The poll of Americans 18 and older was taken Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

For respondents age 65 and up, 78 percent said they were better off than their parents while 64 percent of those aged 18 to 29 said so.

The Gallup poll results echo a survey from Pew Research Center last month which indicated wealthy older Americans are better-off than those three decades ago in income, employment, homeownership and housing values.

Pew analyzed the economic well-being of older and younger adults and found that the age-based wealth gap, comparing the net worth of those over 65 with those under 35, skyrocketed. In 1984 it was 10:1, and in 2009 it jumped to 47:1.

Wealthier Americans said they were better off than their parents than poorer respondents. Eighty percent of those making $75,000 or more per year said they were better off than their parents. Of those making $30,000 per year or less, 52 percent said they are better off.

Gallup said the age and income patterns in this year's survey are "the same" as they were in 1998.

There are generational differences in perceptions of wealth. Earlier this month, Gallup released the results of another poll asking, "how much money per year would you need to make in order to consider yourself rich?"

While the overall median response of the 1,012 adults was an income of $150,000, younger respondents age 18 to 49 had a median amount of $160,000. Those 50 and older said they would feel rich with $100,000.

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Poll: Americans Need $150K Income to Feel Rich

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- How much do you need to consider yourself “rich?” Americans say they would need an annual income of $150,000, according to a Gallup poll this week.

Gallup asked, “Just thinking about your own situation, how much money per year would you need to make in order to consider yourself rich?”

The median income figure of the telephone responses was $150,000. However, 30 percent said less than $100,000 would be enough. Only four percent said earning $1 million or more would make them feel rich.

Americans’ perceptions of the income needed to be rich were a bit higher than in 2003, when Gallup last asked the question. Eight years ago, $120,000 was the median Americans said they would need.

In a separate question asking how much in net worth, or savings in cash, stocks, real estate and other investments, they would need to consider themselves rich, the median figure was $1 million, the same as in Gallup’s 2003 poll on the same issue.

Gallup published the survey amid discussion over tax cuts and Occupy Wall Street’s criticism of the richest one percent of Americans.  Gallup said the results suggest Americans would need “quite a bit less” than what the wealthiest “1 percent” of Americans earn to consider themselves rich.

The survey showed a noticeable difference in answers by respondents’ gender, age, education and of course, income.

The median annual household income in the country is around $50,000 per year, according to the Census Bureau.

Gallup surveyed 1,012 adults who were 18 years or older from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

Incomes Needed for Survey Respondents to Feel Rich

  • Less than $60,000:  18 percent
  • $60,000 to $99,999:  12 percent
  • $100,000 to $150,000:  23 percent
  • $150,001 to $299,999:  18 percent
  • $300,000 to $999,999:  14 percent
  • $1 million:  11 percent
  • More than $1 million: 4 percent
  • Median: $150,000

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Poll: Americans Very Pessimistic about Economy's Direction

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- If you believe the country's headed for another recession, here's a bulletin: most Americans think the first recession isn't over yet.

According to a new Gallup poll, eight in 10 respondents say the U.S. is still in a recession, a number basically unchanged since 2008.  Economists say that the recession -- the worst economic downturn since the 1930s -- actually ended more than two years ago.

Sixty-one percent of Americans either think that the economy will not have improved one year from now or that it actually will get worse.

It's that type of sentiment that could lead to another recession because consumers will likely keep saving instead of spending if they have no confidence things will get better.

Only 37 percent of Americans believe the economy will improve by September 2012.

In September 2009, there was a greater sense of optimism with two in three respondents saying the economy would be better in a year and one-third saying it was on track to get worse.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Jobs Survey: Americans Out of Work Longer, Taking Pay Cuts

db2stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new nationwide study shows people are out of work much longer in this weak economy and forced to take desperate measures.

Nearly 6 in 10 unemployed workers have been looking for a job for over a year, according to the Rutgers University study, and 1 out of 3 unemployed Americans have been out of work for more than two years.

“More than half of those people who've become re-employed took a job simply just to get by,” said the study’s author, Cliff Zukin.

The study shows people are taking jobs they don't like, taking major pay cuts, and moving to other parts of the country to find work.

“Half of the people who found jobs took a pay cut,” Zukin said.

The research paints a heart-wrenching picture of how losing your job these days can devastate your life.

“People are telling us they're having trouble sleeping,” Zukin said. “They're getting in more quarrels at home, they're not going out socially, they're losing contact with close friends.”

More than half of those surveyed believe a real economic recovery is three years away.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Nice Guys Finish Last in the Workplace

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NOTRE DAME, Ind.) -- "Nice guys finish last" the old adage goes, and a new study suggests there just might be some truth to this dictum — at least when it comes to workplace earnings.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Behavior, found that men who described themselves as nice -- agreeable, cooperative and kind -- earned 18 percent less than men who characterized themselves as disagreeable and aggressive. Women earned the least amount of money, but women who called themselves disagreeable made about 5 percent more than their more friendly female counterparts.

Timothy A. Judge, a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame and lead author of the study, said the most significant finding showed that what works for men -- disagreeableness -- didn't work as well for women.

Two factors probably contribute to this, he said.

"First, I think people interpret disagreeable behavior by men and women differently," Judge wrote in an email to ABC News. "Disagreeable men are [seen as] tough-minded and good negotiators. Disagreeable women are seen as "bit**es" or labeled in a similarly derogatory way. Think of Martha Stewart and Hillary Clinton. Appropriate behavior is somewhat gendered."

"It's age old — women who are assertive get perceived as being aggressive," said Joshua Klapow, clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. "It is a culturally bound factor that is not fair but highly prevalent."

Data from nearly 3,500 workers, ranging from recent college grads to those near retirement, was used in the investigation. The researchers collected the data from three American surveys -- the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth, the National Survey of Midlife Development and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey -- which consisted of self-reported facts regarding work experience, salary and other personal information.

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Report: The Recession’s Impact on Household Wealth by Race and Ethnicity 

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hispanic household wealth fell by 66 percent from 2005 to 2009 -- the largest percentage drop amongst all racial and ethnic groups according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

Hispanic median household wealth fell from $18,359 in 2005 to $6,325 in 2009. The median household wealth among blacks declined 53 percent, and 16 percent among white households during the same period.

The Pew Research report finds plummeting house values to be the main reason for the decline of wealth, and Hispanics were the ethnic group hardest hit by the housing market downturn.

The median wealth of white households is 18 times that of Hispanic households, and 20 times that of black households.

The findings are based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), an economic questionnaire distributed periodically to tens of thousands of households by the U.S. Census Bureau, as analyzed by the Pew Research Center.

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Poll: Economy Affects Lifestyles and Attitudes of Many Americans 

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- With jobs still difficult to find, more than 50 percent of Americans have made major lifestyle changes—many of them dissatisfying ones-- due to the economic downturn, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll analysis on economic conditions.

More than three and a half years since the recession began, 82 percent of Americans report that the tough economic climate has made for a challenging job market in their area, according to the poll produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates.

As 14 million Americans struggle to find employment, ratings of the national economy have taken a hit. A reported 90 percent of Americans have a negative rating of the conditions, half of whom give it the most negative rating, “poor.”

The poll reveals a staggering 74 percent of Americans claim that someone in their household or a close friend or family member has been laid off in the last year, and a mere 15 percent say they are “getting ahead financially” -- about half of what it was five years ago.

For the lifestyles of 54 percent of Americans who have had to make changes on account of the economy, six in 10 are discontented with the transition.

The poll was conducted by telephone July 14-17, 2011 among a random sample of 1,001 adults. There is a margin of error of +/- 3.5 points.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Americans' Outlook on the Economy Looking on the Bright Side?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Economic growth slowed down in the first three months of this year and a new survey out Friday shows Americans have a more negative view of business conditions than they did last fall. Recovery is slow and unemployment is still high.  When ABC News asked people about the current economic conditions in their area, just 23 percent described them as good or excellent.

But findings from a new Citi Personal Wealth Management Poll show that 51 percent say conditions will get better in the next year and nearly half of Americans are say that within the next five to 10 years they believe that they will be upper middle class or well-off, despite the fact that just 16 percent of Americans describe themselves that way today.

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