How times have changed ... what's the most important office equipment today?

The desktop PC and email have been in the top three most important items of office equipment since the 1990s, according to a new survey by YouGov that looks at changing technology in the workspace.

In the 1990s, the 56% of those surveyed said the desktop computer was the most important piece of office equipment, a figure that went up to 61% in the most recent survey.

However, landline phones dropped in popularity from 30% in the 90s to 19% today, while email went up from 25% to 58%.

Internet access wasn't part of the top three most important items in the 90s, but today it's in third place, with 52% of those surveyed saying it's integral to their working lives.

The mobile phone doesn't rate that highly on the list, and comes in at 22%.

The survey is a good reminder of the all the office equipment of the past that is now gathering dust, like telex machines, typewriters, Tipp-Ex, ledger books, and hole punches.

The researchers also questioned respondents on their working habits, with nearly two-thirds saying that they used the latest technology more than 6 hours a day because they believe it helps them make quicker business decisions, create and send correspondence, and look up research material.


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