Revealed: the mod cons that make our lives easier

Revealed: the mod cons that make our lives easier


Posted 22nd March by Peter Byrne

What modern appliance would you say has made your life the easiest?

A study has looked into it and found washing machines and microwaves are considered two of our most valued modern conveniences.

The research saw 2,000 adults polled, and they identified the items that we believe have improved our day-to-day lives the most.

Picks included electric toothbrushes, tablets and electric kettles, while having access to YouTube tutorials also featured, along with slow cookers and online shopping.

The study, which was commissioned by Heathrow Express, found mod cons save us an average of 51 minutes a day, working out at 13 days a year in total.

While we've seen great steps forward made in recent time, 86 per cent think tech is going to further improve in our lifetimes and contribute to making our lives even simpler.

It was also found that a third 'wouldn't be able to cope' if they no longer had access to technology like dishwashers, tablets and contactless payments.

Yet while we think this, we're not willing to pay over the odds - three quarters consider items like smartphones and smart fridges to be overpriced.

Also, six in 10 had fond memories of the pre-internet age, a time when 'life was simpler'.

The top 30 mod cons are:

1. Washing machines
2. Fridge/freezers
3. Smartphones
4. Online banking
5. Laptops
6. High speed wireless internet
7. Microwaves
8. Dishwashers
9. Sat nav devices
10. Electric kettles
11. Tablet devices
12. Cheap air travel
13. Smart TVs
14. Tumble dryers
15. Online grocery shopping
16. Contactless payments
17. YouTube tutorials
18. Streaming TV services
19. Social media
20. Online clothes shopping
21. Power steering
22. Video calling
23. Air conditioning
24. Electric toothbrushes
25. Cordless vacuum cleaners
26. Power showers
27. Toasters
28. Slow Cookers
29. Food-delivery apps
30. Lawnmowers






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