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The media (yes, we know, BenefitsPRO, too) frequently report stories about the state of the Social Security trust fund. The way in which this information is reported, and especially the headline used on the story, can affect how workers respond, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Researchers asked study participants to read an identical article that shared the results of the 2020 Trustees Report, including the projection that ongoing revenues are sufficient to cover three-quarters of scheduled benefits. However, they changed the headline when showing the story to several groups:

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