London: From writing a letter to reading
a map, a survey has revealed the top 50 tasks which have been
wiped out by technology.
On top of the list is checking film shows timings on
the internet; trips to the travel agent are also increasingly
a thing of the past, again thanks to the web, the survey of
3,000 adults found.
Other activities that are becoming redundant include
recording TV programmes on VHS, dialling directory enquiries
and using a public telephone box.
Paying bills at the post office and checking a map before
a car journey are also no longer part of everyday life, along
with using telephone directories and address books, an English daily reported.
Printing photographs is falling out of favour, because
of the advance of digital cameras and the tendency to store
pictures on computers or on social networking websites.
But Claire Galbois-Alcaix of online back-up specialists
Mozy.co.uk, which commissioned the research, said this trend
had setbacks. She said: "Many people just don`t realise just
how many irreplaceable personal memories and documents they
have on their smartphones and laptops which could be at risk.
"This is why it`s important to ensure our online
possessions, like precious photos, favourite music and
important documents like CVs and wills are securely backed up
The research, which examined the impact technology has
had on people`s lives over the last 30 years, also indicated
that the average Briton now has more than four computing
devices in their home.
Six in ten said their lives had been enriched by new
technology, and 75 per cent were convinced their gadgets save
them at least two hours per week in running errands.