There are some things that people aren't willing to live without, even in a financial crisis. About 24 percent weren't willing to hand over their cell phone or the Internet, driving and cable TV, reported the survey.

My wife and I are starting to feel a little out of place. When we go out to restaurants to have a meal, it seems that at least half of the customers are talking on or texting on their cell phones. They continue until their meal arrives and some keep on their cell phones in between chews and gulps.

Well, they say cursive writing is going to be a thing of the past and that could well be the fate of normal table conversation with your associates. I'm sure we are not the only ones who see the same scenario.

Stan Jacobson