Do you think food, water, and shelter are all you need to survive? You may be in the minority. Modern Americans and people around the globe increasingly say they "can't live without" conveniences that didn't even exist a few decades ago. Find out the surprising facts about what we think we need.
Infographic by: mint.com
Modern Must Haves Cell Phones
In a time magazine survey of 5,000 people from 8 countries:
84% said they couldn't go without their cell phone for a single day.
1 In 5 said they check their phone every 10 minutes.
73% of American smartphone owners would feel "panicked" if they lost their device.
72% of U.S. adults use social networking websites.
When 3,000 British adults ranked things they couldn't live without:
Facebook came in at #5
flushing toilets came in at #9
High Speed Internet
32% of college students around the globe say the internet is just as shelter, air, and water.
49% say it's not as important but it's pretty close.
High speed internet is the #1 technology people can't live without, according to a 2010 survey 1 In 10 Japanese high school students are so dependent on the internet, it's almost an addiction.
How We Use Our Phones
30% of Americans check their phones while they're having a meal with other people.
Nearly 40% of Americans check their phone on the toilet.
Almost 1 in 4 Time survey respondents had set up a meeting with a person with whom they were having an affair via text message.
Among Chinese respondents, this increased to more than 1 in 2.
Almost 1 in 4 Americans have sent a sexually provocative photo to a partner via their phone.
How We Use Facebook
46% of internet-using adults post videos and photos they've created online.
91% of American teens have posted a photo of themselves on Facebook.
Almost 8 in 10 engaged couples have used the internet to research wedding products and services.
Almost 4 in 10 U.S. adults took part in political activities via one or more social networking sites during the 2012 campaign.
How We Use the Internet72% of internet users sought health information online in a 12-month period.
97% of consumers use the web to research local shopping.
19% of Americans made an online appointment for a service other than a reservation at a restaurant in a 6-month period.
32% of higher education students in the U.S. take 1+ online courses.