20 necessities of modern life that we simply can’t live with out.

The top 20 things Britons cannot live without includes television, mobile phone, car, spectacles, a cup of tea/coffee, daily prayers, fast internet connection, accommodation, food. 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.  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 and while one-third of men can’t live without a pint of beer, only 7 per cent of women agree.

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.


1. Internet connection
2. Television
3. A cuddle
4. A trustworthy best friend
5. Daily shower
6. Central heating
7. Cup of tea/coffee
8. An “I love you” every now and then
9. A solid marriage
10. Car
11. Spectacles
12. Coffee
13. Chocolate
14. Shelter
15. Glass of wine
16. A good cry every now and then
17. A full English breakfast
18. Daily prayer
19. Mobile phone/laptop/tablet
20. A pint



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