21 Aug 2019
October 6, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

In a fire, most Cumbrian antique collectors would choose to save their Victorian balloon back dining chairs or antique tables over anything else. However, a surprising one in five people in England would choose to save their smartphone or tablet, according to a recent survey.

The poll, conducted by internet security provider Kaspersky, asked people to imagine this scenario: if their home caught fire and they only had time to grab one thing, what would it be? For the less technologically minded, it would probably be a treasured family heirloom like an antique desk, but a surprising 21 per cent of respondents placed their tablets, smartphones and laptops top of the list. Broken down, the people most likely to leave their Victorian dining chairs to smoulder in the flames were in the 18 – 24 age group, with 35 per cent saying their electronic gadgetry would be the first thing they would grab. A further 11 per cent said their car keys would be most important.

Placing aside the fact that antique desks are a touch heavier to manoeuvre out of a burning building than an Android phone, the survey proves it isn’t only during a crisis that people act irrationally; the mere suggestion of one can have the same effect. It also shows how much digital technology has invaded everyday life, with anti-viral software and touch-screen technology taking over from leather-bound tomes and antique bookcases.

Preston has phone shops where you can buy the latest smartphone and antique dealers where you can find a Victorian mahogany partners desk to keep it in. In the modern home, both work equally well.

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