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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Social Media In Full Flush

A study of 3,000 people conducted by London's Science Museum  set out to prove how important clean drinking water but came up with results that were even more edifying.

What the survey actually proved was how pervasive social media has become in our everyday life. The British would rather forgo the use of a flushing  toilet than go without Facebook according to the results.

They'd even cast aside their shoes to ensure that they had Facebook access and a decent internet connection.

Not surprisingly for those of us who have lived or visited Britain during one of its wet summers, 'sunshine' ranked at #1.

Google is almost as important as a good diet of fresh fruit although Twitter languishes at the bottom of the list of fifty items.

The list of 'must haves' has a very 'techy' feel to it. Flat screens and mobile phones rank higher than a wedding ring which probably goes some way to explain the country's high divorce rate.

Here is the list in ranked order:

   1. Sunshine
   2. Internet connection
   3. Clean drinking water
   4. Fridge
   5. Facebook
   6. NHS
   7. Cooker
   8. Email
   9. Flushing toilet
  10. Mobile phone / smartphone
  11. Tea and Coffee
  12. Washing machine
  13. Shower
  14. Central heating
  15. Painkillers
  16. Fresh vegetables
  17. Vacuum Cleaner
  18. Kettle
  19. Sofa
  20. Shoes
  21. Fresh fruit
  22. Google
  23. Car
  24. Hair straighteners
  25. Public transport
  26. Laptop
  27. Chocolate
  28. DVD Player
  29. Wristwatch
  30. Make-up
  31. Flat screen TV
  32. Wedding ring
  33. Tumble dryer
  34. Bottled water
  35. Ebay
  36. Bicycle
  37. Ipod
  38. Air conditioning
  39. Disposable nappies
  40. Light bulbs
  41. Spell-check
  42. Sat Nav
  43. Push-up bra
  44. Nintendo Wii
  45. iPad
  46. Gym Membership
  47. Season ticket to your football club
  48. Freezer
  49. Xbox
  50. Twitter

The Museum's Exhibition Manager, Sarah Richardson is reported as saying: 

"Brits are obsessed by the weather, so it’s not surprising sunshine was rated as the top thing we couldn’t live without. But to say you can’t live without material things over drinking water is crazy"

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well done British thickies. For the sake of balance:

46% of US adults think the world is less than 10,000 years old

A third of Russians think the sun revolves around the earth

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