Best innovation of the decade
Home broadband and online shopping have topped a poll of most useful inventions of the past decade.
According to the Office of National Statistics, 73 per cent of the UK's population now has access to the Internet at home, most of them using a broadband connection - nearly three times the number of users online a decade ago. Search giant Google came in at number three in the list of innovations that had contributed the most to Britain over the past decade, with online comparison sites also making an appearance.
Innovations of that have contributed the most to Britain in the last 10 years:
1. Home broadband
2. Online shopping
4. Chip and Pin
5. Digital cameras/photography
6. Online comparison sites
7. Community Recycling
8. Health labelling on foods (e.g. traffic lights)
9. Low-cost air travel
10. Consumer GPS/Sat-Nav
Innovations of that have contributed the least to Britain in the last 10 years:
1. Reality TV
2. Facebook and similar
3. Pop-up advertising
5. IVR/Interactive voice response on telephones
6. Congestion charging
7. Paid-for plastic bags
8. DVD membership schemes (e.g. Lovefilm)
9. Tracker mortgages
10. Public bike schemes
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