Italians less satisfied with living conditions due to crisis

Families and friends increasingly important

Italians less satisfied with living conditions due to crisis

Rome, November 15 - Italians are finding less satisfaction with their lives and living conditions as a result of the economic crisis and dented spending power, the national statistics agency Istat said on Thursday. In a survey of 19,000 families asking "how satisfied are you with your life overall", the agency found that the one-to-10 rating (10 being the highest) had dropped in 2012 to 6.8 in respect to 7.1 in 2011. Those polled believe that regional disparities and social divisions have also increased, according to the survey. In 2011 families who claim they can not afford unexpected expenses of 800 euros or more increased from 33.3% to 38.4%, the study said. Those who cannot afford a yearly week's holiday rose from 39.8% in 2011 to 46.5% in 2012. Eating habits have also changed. The number of families who say they cannot afford a meat or fish dish more than every two days rose from 6.7% to 12.3%, and those who cannot afford to adequately heat the house increased from 11.2% to 17.9%. On the other hand, Italians are taking refuge and enjoying more quality time with families and friends as a result of their lack of disposable income to spend on entertainment, Istat said. Of those surveyed, 91% said they were satisfied with their family relationships and 84% with their friendships.

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