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TOMORROW'S WORLD
23 Feb 2011
REALITY TV AND FACEBOOK THE WORST INNOVATIONS OF LAST DECADE

Reality television, Facebook, Twitter and congestion charging are some of the worst innovations of the last decade, according to a survey which has highlighted the most beneficial and most negative ideas to have changed our lives in recent years.

The internet dominates both the best and worst lists, with home broadband, followed by online shopping as the two ideas to have made the most positive contribution to our lives. Google, the search engine comes in at third place.

A decade ago, just over a quarter of the population had the internet at home, with nearly all of it via a slow dial-up connection, making booking a holiday, viewing pictures, or buying an item of clothing a painfully slow business.

Last year 73 per cent of the population had the internet at home, according to the Office for National Statistics with most of those people enjoying a broadband connection.

However, the internet is also responsible for many ideas that people don't appreciate, including Twitter, the micro blogging site; Facebook, the social network; and Pop-up advertising, all of which make it into the top five innovations that have had the most negative effect on our lives.

The shortlist of the innovations of the decade was drawn up the Foundation, a consultancy, which advises retailers, banks and other consumer companies. The list was then voted on by 2,200 consumers

Source : telegrapgh.co.uk

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