Brits would rather have the internet than a cup of tea, a washing machine – or a shower

According to a new survey, as long as we've got wifi, personal hygiene can take a back seat...

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It’s no secret that we are all a little bit obsessed with the internet. As a nation, we Brits are constantly checking our emails, updating our Facebook profiles, using Google to cheat at pub quizzes…

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In fact, here you are, reading this on  yes, drum roll please  the internet. 

A new poll has found that the internet is THE most essential item for day-to-day living. When it comes to things modern Brits can’t live without, an internet connection apparently matters more to us than having a bath or a shower, being able to wash your clothes – you know, generally being clean.

And we’d eschew more than just good personal hygiene in order to get our fix of the World Wide Web. A wi-fi connection is now deemed more important than a car, a mobile phone, a TV, make-up, chocolate, a cup of tea and our living, breathing, waggy-tailed pets.

The study, carried out by Direct Line, also reveals that our friends, family and even food are now deemed less “essential” than modern technology. 

51% of those polled said they could go longer without seeing their friends than using their mobile phone. 48% said the same about their family and using the internet, while 12% reckoned food was less important than social media.

Seriously. Since when has Facebook and Twitter become more important than protein and carbohydrates?!

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Direct Line polled over 2000 adults about the essential items they couldn’t live without