Forget friends and family, we just want a good internet connection

According to a new poll, we Brits rank the internet, TV and iPhones among our top bare necessities of life

A job you love? Pah! A nice home? Nah. Your family? Forget it…


It turns out all we Brits need is an internet connection and a TV set and we are good to go.

A recent poll comissioned by Disney has revealed that when it comes to the bare necessities of modern life, the top two things we couldn’t live without are a good internet connection and a television. Although a cuddle, a trustworthy best friend, an ‘I love you’ every now and then and a solid marriage did make it into the top 20 (phew!), it seems we could do without all of that as long as our broadband held up… Yikes.

While both sexes can’t face life without the internet (it’s because you’d miss too much, right?), us women are slightly less materialistic than men. The ladies ranked cuddles most highly while men professed that the top thing they wouldn’t be able to cope without was the TV.

When it comes to the rest of our bare necessities, a good cuppa ranked highly in seventh place, while coffee, chocolate, a glass of wine, a full English and a pint all made it into the top 20. It seems as well as keeping our bellies full, we are also fans of a bit of a wallow, with a night in on the sofa coming in at number 14 and a good cry making it into 16th place. Others professed that they couldn’t live without an annual foreign holiday. Fancy.

Worryingly for the visually impaired, spectacles only made it in to 11th place. You know you can’t see the internet without your glasses, right?

Here are the top 20 things we just can’t live without:

1. Internet connection
2. Television
3. A cuddle
4. A trustworthy best friend
5. Daily shower
6. Central heating
7. Cup of tea
8. An “I love you” every now and then
9. A solid marriage
10. Car
11. Spectacles
12. Coffee
13. Chocolate
14. Night in on the sofa
15. Glass of wine
16. A good cry every now and then
17. A full English breakfast
18. A foreign holiday once a year
19. iPhone
20. A pint

The poll, which asked 2,000 people about their life essentials, was conducted to mark the Blu-ray release of the 1967 Disney classic The Jungle Book.


What couldn’t you live without? Tell us in the comment box below.