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The bare necessities: Tea and the Net

The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart.

The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart.

Published Jun 12, 2013


London - A cup of tea, fast internet connection and a trustworthy best friend are some of the bare necessities of modern life, according to a survey.

The top 20 things Britons cannot live without also include television, the iPhone, the family car and, for some, spectacles.

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Researchers compiled the list following a study carried out among 2 000 adults aged between 18 and 65. A daily shower and central heating also appear, as do a glass of wine and a pint.

The list revealed that more than one-third of us would struggle to cope without an “I love you” every now and then, while the same percentage want cuddles and a solid marriage.

A full English breakfast, coffee and chocolate also made the list, as did a night in on the sofa and a good cry every now and then.

The poll was conducted to mark the forthcoming Blu-ray release of the 1967 Disney classic The Jungle Book, which features the song The Bare Necessities.

For one in 20 people surveyed, life wouldn’t be complete without a foreign holiday once a year.

And while women place cuddles as their number one “bare necessity”, men are more firmly attached to their television. For women, chocolate, a best friend, the heating and a cup of tea are all of high importance. But for men, it is a full fry-up, football and sausages.

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And while one-third of men can’t live without a pint of beer, only seven percent of women agree.

Four in ten people admit until they had an iPhone they had no idea what a necessity it was, while 34 percent say the same about their car, and 33 percent about their spouse.

Despite not wanting to live without their phone, television or car, 77 percent of Britons claim every material item is replaceable. And 86 percent believe people are guilty of overlooking the essential things in life such as love and friendship in favour of material things.

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For six in ten people, the bare necessities in life have changed as they have got older, with seven in ten claiming they have become less materialistic. But while 33 percent of people claim they could function without a smartphone, laptop and social networking, 60 percent would find it frustrating.

The top five bare necessities were an internet connection, followed by television, a cuddle, a trustworthy best friend and a daily shower. - Daily Mail


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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. - Daily Mail


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