Online shopping, WiFi, Google, Super Mario Brothers, wheelie suitcases, Harry Potter, Becks, flat screen TV’s, text messaging and email are considered to be some of the greatest things from the past three decades according to people in Sheffield – a new survey out today has revealed.
The research conducted by the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge which is celebrating its 30thanniversary this year, surveyed 3,000 British adults to seek their views on the greatest things of the past 30 years.
Findings revealed that technology dominates, with the World Wide Web, smartphones, iPod, online shopping, Google and text messaging, email and flat screen TV’s have been named as among the top ten greatest things from the past 30 years.
The Tour de France Grand Depart (4), Jessica Hill-Ennis (6), The Arctic Monkeys (13) and the Steel City Derby FA Cup Semi Final (17) have also been named by locals as amongst the greatest things.
Other local things making the list are the Sheffield Wednesday’s League Cup triumph of 1991 (27) and Pulp (47).
The 2012 Olympics (15), Super Mario Brothers (30), the smoking ban (32), Harry Potter (42) and William and Kate’s wedding (46) have also been named by locals as amongst the greatest things.
Key findings have revealed that whilst technology dominates the top 100 listing, in an era where Britons were hit by the credit crunch and a recession, budget operators also featured highly. Low cost supermarkets (31), airlines (35) and hotels (39) are all in the top 50, demonstrating that we have become a nation of value conscious shoppers.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “The last 30 years has seen a huge shift in the way we live our lives with technology in particular changing many things.
“The internet has certainly accelerated the growth of budget travel and made going away a key part of our modern lifestyle. The ease of being able to book online, but also researching where you are visiting and staying has made travelling a much smoother experience than it might have been before the 1980s.
“Over the last 30 years, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, which has over 500 UK sites, has made staying in a hotel accessible to everyone.
“Today over 17 million people annually stay in a Travelodge hotel for work and leisure”.
The top 50 greatest things of the past 30 years as voted by people in Sheffield
1. World Wide Web
4. Le Tour de France Grand Depart
5. Jessica Ennis-Hill
10. Text messaging
13. Arctic Monkeys
15. 2012 Olympics
16. Online Banking
17. Steel City Derby – FA Cup Final 1993
20. Digital cameras
21. Online shopping
22. Satellite navigation
23. Microsoft Office
24. Digital TV
25. GHD Straighteners
26. Flat screen televisions
27. 1991 League Cup Victory – Sheffield Wednesday
30. Super Mario Brothers
31. Budget supermarkets
32. Smoking Ban
35. Budget airlines
36. Mobile apps
37. E-Book readers
39. Budget hotels
40. Online check-in
41. Sunday opening hours
42. Harry Potter
43. Networked computers
44. Wheelie suitcase
45. Price Comparison Sites
46. William and Kate’s wedding
48. The 2005 Ashes
49. Fibre optic broadband
50. The Millennium