The Importance of Facebook

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The British can’t get enough of their social networks; even if it means giving up some daily indulgences.

The London Science Museum surveyed 3,000 people to see how they rank the importance of everyday items. At the top of the list is tech's favorite friend, Facebook. In fact the social network is such a necessity it was ranked above modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing, a shower and shoes. But it doesn’t end there. Respondents picked Facebook over public transportation and a national health care service.

Sarah Richardson, the museum’s exhibition manager, says the results of the survey were quite disturbing and people are crazy to hold Facebook in such a high regard. Another finding that shocked museum staff was that people ranked a strong internet connection over access to clean drinking water.

To find out more about what the British rank as the number one thing they couldn’t live without and to see other rankings from the British keep reading. The social site might keep you connected but it won’t keep you warm at night.

From the London Science Museum (in order of importance):
Sunshine
Internet connection
Clean drinking water
Fridge
Facebook
NHS
Cooker
Email
Flushing toilet
Mobile phone / smartphone
Tea and Coffee
Washing machine
Shower
Central heating
Painkillers
Fresh vegetables
Vacuum Cleaner
Kettle
Sofa
Shoes
Fresh fruit
Google
Car
Hair straighteners
Public transport
Laptop
Chocolate
DVD Player
Wristwatch
Make-up
Flat screen TV
Wedding ring
Tumble dryer
Bottled water
Ebay
Bicycle
Ipod
Air conditioning
Disposable nappies
Light bulbs
Spell-check
Sat Nav
Push-up bra
Nintendo Wii
iPad
Gym Membership
Season ticket to your football club
Freezer
Xbox
Twitter