Boomers say Internet, travel, pet care are basic needs

By Catherine Carlock, The Wall Street Journal

Do you need or just want your Internet connection and an annual family vacation? What about your pet? For many baby boomers, those are all basic needs, not luxuries, according to a new survey.

Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said having an Internet connection is a basic need, and 66% said shopping for birthdays and special occasions is. Fifty-one percent said pet care is a basic need, and 50% said taking a family vacation once a year is a need, not a luxury, according to a recent survey by MainStay Investments of 1,049 consumers aged 45 to 65.

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