Brits increasingly vulnerable as reliance on technology continues to change the way we live

London – 8 December 2011 – Keeping an address book, printing photos and recording videos are becoming things of the past, according to research released today by Mozy™, the world’s most trusted online back-up service. Instead, Brits have doubled the number of computers in our homes increasingly relying on technology that is drastically altering the way we live and consigning generations of traditions to the grave.

The findings reveal that more and more people are saying farewell to CDs and turning to digital music as a quarter of Brits confess to no longer buying ‘compact discs’ or owning a collection, whilst over 50 percent of us no longer record our favourite shows on VHS.

Furthermore, a staggering one quarter of Brits no longer compile photo albums, with people instead spending an average of 1.57 hours a week uploading photos. Gone are the days of flicking through a photo album as people are choosing to display and store their photos digitally. Many share lower-resolution versions of their photos on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, whilst storing higher-resolution images on computers, tablets and smartphones, which they share through email.

All of this leaves Brits vulnerable to the risk of losing their treasured photos music and important documents stored on their gadgets.

Back-up, don’t ‘crack-up’

Whilst this transformation is making life easier, the increasing reliance on technology to store valuable and sentimental data is bringing to light the vital need to back up. Claire Galbois-Alcaix of online backup company Mozy, which carried out the survey of 3,000 consumers across the UK, said: "Imagine losing all your honeymoon photos, emails from that special someone or the diary you’ve been building up for months! In most cases, modern gadgets and gizmos work brilliantly but, when they do go wrong, it can have dire consequences – including the loss of valuable and sentimental material."

With the average Brit now possessing more than four computing devices in their home – double the number owned ten years ago – technology is undoubtedly impacting the way we live. Over three quarters of people say they rely heavily on technology every day while one in five people reveal they are never more than 10 feet from an internet-enabled device.

This dependence means fewer and fewer people are using a paper-dictionary to look up how to spell a word (17 per cent) or learn times tables, while making mix tapes, paying bills at the post office and checking a map before or during a car journey are fading fast from everyday life.

Galbois-Alcaix continues: "Whist it is sometimes sad that certain traditional behaviours feature less and less in our everyday lives, this shift towards a dependence on technology is making life considerably easier. The advances in technology today bring us greater flexibility than ever – people can do things when and where it suits them best."

Two thirds of those polled state that tech devices provide the ability to conduct, almost anywhere, much of the household admin including food shopping and paying bills, with 32 per cent of Brits admitting they no longer go to the bank.

Galbois-Alcaix continues: "This reliance on technology does leave us at significant risk should a computer crash, a laptop be stolen or an iPhone get lost. It’s a good idea to ensure everything is securely backed up online, so it can be accessed anywhere, anytime from the cloud and this is something Mozy already helps many customers to do."

The findings suggest we can forget strutting into our favourite department store for that pair of killer heels, as one in five shoppers no longer visit the high street to buy shoes. Other increasingly redundant acts include visiting a travel agent, with half of us researching holidays online, visiting car boot sales, or even ringing family and friends.

Technology has advanced so significantly over the past 10 years that it is no wonder we turn to it for shortcuts and these findings reveal just how significant the impact of this transformation is.

TOP 50 THINGS WE DON’T DO ANY MORE

  1. Ring the cinema to find out times
  2. Going into the travel agents to research a holiday
  3. Record things using VHS
  4. Dial directory enquiries
  5. Use public telephones
  6. Book tickets for events over the phone
  7. Print photos
  8. Put a classified ad in the shop window
  9. Ring the speaking clock
  10. Carry portable CD players
  11. Write handwritten letters
  12. Buy disposable cameras
  13. Take plenty of change for pay phones
  14. Make mix tapes
  15. Pay bills at the post office
  16. Use an address book
  17. Check a map before or during car journey
  18. Reverse charges in payphones
  19. Go into the bank or building society to conduct your business
  20. Buy TV listings
  21. Own an encyclopaedia
  22. Queue to get car tax in Post Office
  23. Develop and send off for photographs
  24. Read a hard copy of the Yellow Pages
  25. Look up something in dictionary
  26. Remember phone numbers/ Have a phone book
  27. Watch videos
  28. Have pen friends
  29. Use a telephone directory
  30. Use pagers
  31. Fax things
  32. Buy CD’s/ Have a CD collection
  33. Pay by cheque
  34. Make photo albums
  35. Watch programmes at the time they are shown
  36. Dial 1471 when you get home
  37. Warm milk or other hot drinks on stove
  38. Try on lots of pairs of shoes on high street
  39. Hand wash clothes
  40. Advertise in trading papers
  41. Send love letters
  42. Hand-write essays / school work
  43. Buy flowers from a florist
  44. Work out how to spell something yourself
  45. Keep a personal diary
  46. Send post cards
  47. Buy newspapers
  48. Hang washing out in winter
  49. Keep printed bills or bank statements
  50. Visit car boot sales

About Mozy

Mozy is the world's most trusted provider of data access and backup for consumers and businesses, with more than six million customers, including 100,000 business users and more than 90 petabytes of information stored at its multiple data centers around the globe. Mozy was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2007 and operates as part of Mozy International Limited, an EMC company. More information can be found at mozy.co.uk.