Jamie: For me, it’s travel and the ability to book a flight and fly off anywhere at any time. Also, I now have all the information I need about where I’m going at my fingertips – rather than just booking something on Teletext!
Stefanie: The thing we all take for granted is simply consumer goods. My mum is Czech – she grew up in communist Czechoslovakia – and anything she wanted, she had to queue for. If she wanted shoes, for example, she would queue for them and hope that they still had some shoes. Today, you can order anything from the Internet – and can get it delivered within hours. As a result of this, I do think that this has made us extremely wasteful.
Anna: I’d say food. We can now have any nationality’s food at any time. Everything is so much more international now.
Linzi: I think this relates to what a number of people here have been saying – instant gratification. It is a real challenge for all of us, because we’re so desperate to have everything on demand – we can’t imagine a time when we weren’t able to. I have a 16-year old son and it’s really challenging when he says, ‘I want this and I want it now!’ That consumerism has completely taken over – and I constantly bore him with stories of, ‘When I was growing up…’