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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Strung Out on Tech?

Are high-tech gadgets something we want? Or something we need?

A recent AP-Ipsos poll found that four in 10 spend more than $100 a month on technology, including media subscriptions and high-speed Internet connections. Half of PC owners, half of cell phone owners and four in 10 high-speed Internet customers say they couldn't imagine life without their technology.

We've discussed before how our preoccupation with technology borders on addictive behavior -- a phenomenon exacerbated by the holiday season, in which tech devices are in great demand.

One demographic that is clearly not enthralled with certain elements of technology is moms, who are struggling to keep up with their kids' game demands this year. Although many moms are game-savvy, many others find that shopping for games with their kids puts their persuasion and negotiation skills to the test.

Source: AP (Excite)