04/23/2009 - A few years back, the list of "gotta-haves" for many Americans included a car, TV, microwave, home air conditioning and dishwasher.
Now, not so much.
A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday finds that the recession has changed Americans' minds about many items that used to seen as necessities.
In a 2006 Pew survey of luxuries and necessities, 68% said a microwave was a necessity; now that's 47%. And 52% say a TV is a necessity today, down from 64% in 2006.
"Societal conditions have changed," says James Burroughs, associate professor of commerce at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville. "In many ways, luxuries are things that are learned in response to a changing environment."
Read the full article Americans Reclassifying Luxury, Necessity in Recession on USA Today's Web site.