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Some 61% of Britons believe life was better in the past because there were "fewer problems to cope with", a major global survey found.
The Ipsos Mori Global Trends Report found:
- More people outside of the UK believe life was better without smartphones and tablets - some 64% said they had led happier lives "in the old days when they had fewer problems to cope with".
- Just under half of the people Ipsos Mori spoke to said they felt "overwhelmed" by the amount of consumer choice on offer as well as "all the choices about how to live my life".
- However, most people were aware of how central technology has become to everyday life - six in ten people agreed that technology is necessary "because only this can help to solve future problems".
A lot of people admit to "constantly" looking at a screen and crave a slower lifestyle, according to a global study.
Some six out of every 10 people quizzed in the Ipsos Mori Global Trends Report wished their lives were simpler and suggested technology had made it more complicated.
The findings emerged in a survey of more than 16,000 participants in 20 countries including the UK, described as the largest of its kind.
The survey exposed a larger feeling of unease caused by modern technology like smartphones and ipads - three in four (77%) believe the world is "changing too fast" while more than half (55%) wish they could slow down the pace of their lives.