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Necessity is a Mother, At Least for Inventions

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As the mother of all invention, necessity gets overlooked some times, I think.

That’s why I found this poll released this week ranking the top inventions of the past 100 years pretty interesting.

Heart+Mind Strategies asked Americans to identify the inventions having the biggest impact on their lives from the past century.

Here’s what their survey, of 1,000 adults done April 21 to 23, said were tops:

  • Internet, 41 percent
  • Laptop/personal computer, 18 percent
  • Smart phone, 13 percent
  • Microwave, 6 percent
  • Color TV, 6 percent
  • Video gaming systems, 5 percent
  • Vacuum cleaner,3 percent
  • Dishwasher, 2 percent
  • Disposable diapers, 2 percent
  • Zippers, 2 percent
  • Social media, 1 percent
  • Stereo/portable music systems, 1 percent
  • Car stereo/radio, 1 percent
  • Pop-up toaster, less than 1 percent

I know there’s no way I could do without my smart phone or the Internet.

 

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