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MONEY AT HEART OF RELATIONSHIPS

Biz tidbits from surveys

Money can't buy you love; in fact, it's likely the root of your relationship problems, suggests results of an online poll of 1,500 people conducted for PayPal:

- Nearly 60 percent of American couples said in a recent survey that they argue over money at least once a month - more than they bicker over sex or household responsibilities.

- While about half of U.S. couples share a bank account, nearly one in four use online shopping as a way to keep their partners in the dark about what they are buying.

- Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, 71 percent of couples are more likely to have separate bank accounts. The survey found that while couples tend to have their first argument over social habits or jealousy, financial disputes are ongoing.

- Still, 80 percent of couples said they were happy overall with how finances are managed in their household.

Web shoppers split by age

Convenience and bargain-hunting tend to drive younger Americans to online shopping, while all adults share concerns about security and other drawbacks, says a recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The phone study of 1,684 Internet users, conducted Aug. 3 to Sept. 5, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points:

- 62 percent of Web users younger than 30 consider the Internet the best place to find good deals, while 32 percent of users age 65 and older do.

- Younger Internet users are far more likely to find online shopping convenient, but the generational gap is less pronounced when it comes to giving credit and other personal information online. Seventy-one percent of younger users do not like doing so, almost as high as the 82 percent of older users.

- Older users were only slightly more likely - 34 percent vs. 24 percent - to find online shopping complicated.

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