Bills, Not Thrills Are America's Obsession

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NEW YORK: Although the economy is booming, Americans are so anxious about their financial future that they spend more time thinking about money than about sex, according to the latest Money magazine poll. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they are better off than they were four years ago, up from 44 percent last year. But suprisingly only 43 percent are confident about their financial future, with most seeking more guarantees of financial security from business and government, and expecting a rise in inflation and mortgage rates. In fact, they've devoted so much brain power to bucks that respondents are thinking more about money (47 percent) than about sex (19 percent) although they still enjoy sex (38 percent) more than money (23 percent).