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article imageOp-Ed: Poll shows Facebook more important to Brits than flushing toilets

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 13, 2011 in Internet
What couldn't you live without? Is Facebook more important to you than a flushing toilet, showers and fresh vegetables? A surprising poll shows it is for the Brits.
A poll conducted on behalf of the London Science Museum asked a representative sample of 3,000 adults to list the 50 things they can’t live without. The information was collated for the museums project on water which is looking into how important water is. Surprisingly the obvious picks such as water and money were not the number one priority as the sun starved Brits opted for sunshine.
Coming in at spot number two as the thing people can’t live without was the Internet which rated higher than the third place pick of drinking water. Amazingly though a flushing toilet (9) and a shower (14) rated lower than Facebook which was the polls fifth pick as an essential, and email (8). Then again British people used to make do with an outside loo and were famous for keeping coal in the bath.
The Money Times lists some of the other must have things essential to life. Push up bras (43) are rated higher than Twitter (50), whilst cell phones (10) were deemed more important than fresh vegetables (16) or fresh fruit (22). The good news is that greasy fast food joints didn’t even make it onto the list.
According to Scribbal, the museum’s exhibition manager Sarah Richardson called the results crazy, 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.” The survey indicates just how much the essential things in life are taken for granted, such as water and fresh food, which so many millions struggle to find everyday to survive.
It would be interesting to discover what would be the top can’t live without things for other nationalities. Would you choose the Internet over a flushing toilet?
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