Technology not as advanced by 2010 as some had hoped

Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:38am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite iPods, genetic sequencing, the Internet and Twitter, nearly a third of Americans said they thought there would be more technological advances by the year 2010.

Not everyone expected to be living like The Jetsons, the space age television cartoon series of the early 1960s, but the Zogby International survey of more than 3,000 adults in the United States showed many were less than enthusiastic about how far we have come by the dawn of a new decade.

"The age group most likely to be disappointed with the current level of technological advancement are 35 to 54-year-olds (36 percent)," Zogby, which conducted the survey commissioned by the website ScoopDaily, said in a statement.

About 21 percent of people believe we are more technologically advanced than they thought we would be by 2010, while 37 percent believed we are on target for their expectations.

About a third of people 70 years and older said they thought current technology was more advanced than they thought it would be.

"First Globals, those age 18-30, are much less likely than older generations to say the technological advancements up until now have exceeded their expectations," Zogby added.

Not surprisingly, men were more likely than women to say they thought there would have been greater advances by 2010 to the Jetson lifestyle with its flying saucer-like cars and robotic servants.

 
<p>The first buyer of the new 3G iPhone in Hong Kong shows off his phone July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>