Facebook voted more necessary than having a flushable toilet

Tori Floyd

Facebook's ever-growing popularity and pervasiveness seems to be changing our priorities in today's society, according to one British survey.

The Daily Mail reports that a survey of 3,000 adults found people prioritized Facebook above having a stove, a flushing toilet and a shower.

The survey, conducted by One Poll for London's Science Museum, was originally part of the museum's new exhibition on the necessity of fresh water. Each participant was asked what they couldn't live without. The results of the study were a bit of a shock, prompting the museum's Exhibition Manager, Sarah Richardson, to describe the results as 'crazy.'

"Brits are obsessed by the weather, so it's not surprising sunshine was rated as the top thing we couldn't live without," said Richardson in The Daily Mail. "But to say you can't live without material things over drinking water is crazy."

As Richardson mentioned, sunshine topped the list as a necessity, followed by Internet connection, clean drinking water, a refrigerator and Facebook.

Facebook's social media competitor Twitter was ranked 50th on the list, indicating that Brits are much more attached to posting on people's walls than sending out 140 character updates.

It shouldn't be surprising that Facebook is so highly valued as experts have talked in recent months about how refusing to engage with others on Facebook can have a significant social cost. That still doesn't explain how an Internet connection is thought to be more critical than drinkable water.

Here's the full list:

  1. Sunshine
  2. Internet connection
  3. Clean drinking water
  4. Fridge
  5. Facebook
  6. NHS  (National Health Service)
  7. Cooker
  8. Email
  9. Flushing toilet
  10. Mobile phone/smartphone
  11. Tea and Coffee
  12. Washing machine
  13. Shower
  14. Central heating
  15. Painkillers
  16. Fresh vegetables
  17. Vacuum Cleaner
  18. Kettle
  19. Sofa
  20. Shoes
  21. Fresh fruit
  22. Google
  23. Car
  24. Hair straighteners
  25. Public transport
  26. Laptop
  27. Chocolate
  28. DVD Player
  29. Wristwatch
  30. Make-up
  31. Flat screen TV
  32. Wedding ring
  33. Tumble dryer
  34. Bottled water
  35. Ebay
  36. Bicycle
  37. iPod
  38. Air conditioning
  39. Disposable diapers
  40. Light bulbs
  41. Spell-check
  42. Sat Nav (GPS navigation system)
  43. Push-up bra
  44. Nintendo Wii
  45. iPad
  46. Gym Membership
  47. Season ticket to your football club
  48. Freezer
  49. Xbox
  50. Twitter

So Yahoo! Canada readers, how do you think this list would change if Canadians were asked the same question? Would Facebook still rank as high?

(AFP Photo)