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These are the greatest inventions of the 21st century (apparently)

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We know - we also thought the greatest invention of the 21st century was the gadget that peeled apples at the same time as coring them. Think of the minutes saved in preparation of healthy snacks. Minutes!

But then, we didn't fill out YouGov's poll on the greatest inventions of the 21st century, so we've only got ourselves to blame.

Having asked an 'accurate' sample of 1,736 British citizens, these are apparently the most important consumer inventions of the modern age.

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  • These are the greatest inventions of the 21st century (apparently)

    Tinder

    Less than one per cent

    A lot of single people in that sample group, clearly.

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    Napster

    One per cent

    Remember when music piracy was a cool and albums took a day to download? Ah, those were the days...

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    Uber

    One per cent

    A separate survey of black cab drivers didn't feature this entry.

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    Selfie Sticks

    One per cent

    MORE IMPORTANT THAN NAPSTER?! 

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    Nintendo Wii

    One per cent

    The first device to get all the family around the TV outside the month of December.

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    Spotify

    Two per cent

    One of the most important breakthroughs in technology and entertainment - but your mum still doesn't know how to make a playlist.

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    iTunes

    Three per cent

    The first of Apple's inclusions in the list.

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    MSN Messenger

    Three per cent

    Nineties kids, represent. This is tool that taught us to touch type.

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    Smartwatches

    Three per cent

    Really?

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    Whatsapp

    Four per cent

    Now owned by Facebook, this little marvel is the most used messaging app in the world, with 900 million active monthly users. That's a LOT of emojis. 

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    iPod

    Five per cent

    It's popularity has waned in the face of smartphones, but the iPod was the first popular device that made the concept of keeping an entire music collection in your pocket seem totally normal. 

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    Netflix

    Five per cent

    With or without chill.

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    Twitter

    Five per cent

    Only problem is, they're not making enough money...

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    HD TVs

    Nine per cent

    Because if it doesn't look better than real life, it's not worth watching.

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    Kindle

    Nine per cent

    Tech 1 - 0 Traditional print

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    YouTube

    11 per cent

    Given that it launched in 1998, Google can't feature in the list of best inventions of the 21st century - but it's video sibling is here to represent the wider search family. Some four billion videos are watched on the site every day. Every. Day.

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    Wikipedia

    12 per cent

    Helping with home work projects and pub arguments since 2001.

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    The Cloud

    14 per cent

    Yep. An astonishing proportion of the sample thought cloud computing was worthy of this position. For massive infrastructure, it's world-changing, but for consumers? Kids these days...

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    Tomtom

    20 per cent

    In the modern era, we no longer have arguments with other people about map reading - we have arguments with technology about map reading.

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    Skype

    20 per cent

    "You mean you used to have to pay to make phone calls overseas?" - your future grandchildren.

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    Facebook

    23 per cent

    "Like".

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    iPad

    25 per cent

    We're still not exactly sure what you're supposed to do with them, but iPads and tablets are killing laptops in a big way, so they must be useful for something?

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    Smartphones

    55 per cent

    The obvious answer - more than half the sample thought the most important device of the century was the pocket-dwelling super phone. We live in a world where it's totally normal to spend upwards of £400 on a new handset, just because the battery on the old one is playing up. Love them or loathe them, they've changed everything.

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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