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Article by Editorial | 9th June 2019

Living In The Digital Age

Wi-fi has been hailed as the best invention of the last 25 years outsmarting smart home technology to claim the top spot, a new survey of 2,000 adults across Britain has revealed. Online banking was rated third while internet search engines took fourth place. Online shopping sites, such as Amazon, completed the top five.

Overall 48% of those surveyed chose wi-fi as their favourite and most impactful invention, while 41% opted for smartphone technology.

A spokesperson for Product Focus, which commissioned the study, said: “The last 25 years has seen an explosion in technical development and creativity which has improved our quality of life. In the last couple of decades, we have planted our feet firmly in the digital age, and innovations like wi-fi, online banking and search engines are great examples of products that, as a result of hard work and continuous development, have become vital and beneficial parts of everyday life.”

The survey, conducted by OnePoll.com, also found other inventions from the last 25 years we hold in high regard are GPS, contactless payment, and flat-screen TVs.

In order to be considered a successful invention, three in five believe a product needs to fill a gap in the market, while another 54% think the invention needs to improve lives in order to go down in history, and a third think the design has to ‘break the mould’ of what has come before.

Top 25 inventions of the last 25 years

1. Wi-fi
2. Smartphones
3. Online banking
4. Online search e.g. Google
5. Online shopping e.g. Amazon
6. Stem cell technology
7. GPS
8. Flat-screen TVs
9. Contactless payment
10. Tablets
11. YouTube
12. 3D printers
13. Netflix
14. Data encryption
15. Skype
16. Modern electric cars e.g. Tesla model S
17. Kindle
18. Bluetooth
19. Facebook
20. Wireless headphones
21. Ancestry DNA kits
22. Sony games consoles such as PlayStation
23. Amazon Echo
24. Spotify
25. Fitbit

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