31 Oct 2009

Recession seen as time for reassessing priorities

8:56 pm on 31 October 2009

It seems the financial crisis is not all doom and gloom. According to a global survey, one in four people are glad the world's economy slumped as it did, because it helped them realise their priorities in life.

The Synovate market research company polled about 11,400 people in 16 countries and found more than half had permanently changed their attitudes towards money in the past 12 months.

However, another 47% said they were looking forward to being able to spend freely again.

The survey showed one in five people have put off an overseas trip in the past six months and 6% have delayed having a baby. Another 5% even postponed surgery until things get better.