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Which electrical appliance in your home would you find it most difficult to live without?

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It would be pretty cold without heat.

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Believe it or not, but I have actually lived without all of these, except the washing machine. I didn't miss anything, but I insist on having my clothes clean-really clean.Yes, and I've lived like 5 years without fridge-while I was studying, there was no place for a fridge in my room.

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It's a toss-up between the fridge and TV. Living without a fridge in summer in Japan - tricky. Lying on the sofa in the evenings, exhausted, with nothing to stare at - tricky!

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Majority of my (home) entertainment time is spent on the computer, so I didn't even thing about the audio or TV/video systems. Washing machine - you got the coin laundry. Air conditioner - that's more serious. But the real problem came between the fridge and the computer. I spend lots of both working and leisure time on the computer, but it would be very difficult to live in a place without very convenient food or drinks, especially in the summer. If I got no food or drink near by, I'd have to go out every 20 min, so I couldn't do either much work or much fun on the computer. So, for the main support life system, the fridge got my vote.

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Hard choices, between PC and fridge I went for fridge since I can easily use the local public library to get my internet, and some DL activities, but my food? I must have food, fresh food, frozen food, cold food and cold liquids to drink. My belly won out.

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I shall be finding out soon enough since I decided purchase of a digital TV would be a waste of money.

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Has to be the fridge, how else do you keep the beer cold?

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Well... Again Japantoday blurs the lines of a decent poll. My Computer is also my TV is also my DVD player is also my Sound System. is also my other (game console), is also my heater (sort of gives off a lot of heat). I mean come on. In this day and age the lines of technology are a little blurred. which could you live with out. your pocket PC, your phone, your mp3 player, your hand held game device, you text message machine. oh wait a minute!!! they already combined that into one device called a cell phone!!!

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with 2 kids in the house, i'd be lost without a washing machine. fridge is a close 2nd.

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probably the hot water heater.

I wouldn't be able to take cold showers everyday.

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Actually, I can live without any of the above in my home because I have lived without them anyway.

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You can't live without a refrigerator -- that's a 'need' vs. the desire to own things like TVs, DVD players. They really ought to be separated. I mean, I FEEL like saying I couldn't possibly live without my computer, but that's bull... but an appliance like a refrigerator or washing machine?

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I don't have a tv and hopefully never will.

Fridge and washing machine are most important.

Then record player.

Then computer.

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Life would be very boring without my computer considering that I live in an inaka area in Japan but I guess I could survive...

Now, not being able to wash my clothes every week, that would be tough.

A DVD player??? Can someone please tell me what is that? I mean, are there still artifacts out there made solely for that specific purpose???

Don't watch TV but an XBOX 360 without a TV @_@....

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Single father with 2 children, love my computer and Internet but without a refrigerator I would be going to the store every 15 minutes with the way my children eat and drink!

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More people need a computer MORE THAN a fridge???

I think you nerds should get out more.

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@Bogi ... DUH!!!! without a computer we couldn't answer this poll!!! so nerd that one up buddy. computers are at the center of our lives. They are what keep us connected. We have one in our pocket, our back pack, our car, our home. Take that away today and people feel lost and disconnected, so it is natural to choose PC. my PC is my TV and my Music, and my internet, and my smart. But your right. A fridge is basically a necessity in the summer time. You could live without it but would have to shop every day in the end your life would change far more than without a pc. THAT being said many people live off take out, carry out, instant noodles, rice. They only use their fridge for beer and catchup.

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Take that away today and people feel lost and disconnected

Yeah, just like we all did 30 years ago. lol

Take the fridge away and people start to feel lost and disconnected from eating bad food and drinking lumpy milk.

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They are what keep us connected

I was already "connected" to people before I had a computer.

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Fridge totally. If anything, I think I was more connected before I used the internet all the time.

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A fridge is nice but you don't really need it. You could just make trips to the supermarket everyday, buying small amounts. Computer is number 1 for me, but I'd also take a TV over a fridge.

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Airion: "A fridge is nice but you don't really need it. You could just make trips to the supermarket everyday"

Evidently the computer hasn't taught you the difference between 'everyday' and 'every day'. And no you couldn't go to the supermarket every day to buy stuff so you could sit in front of your computer. Seriously... people are odd that they would prioritize a computer over necessary appliances like a fridge.

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I managed to live in Japan for a couple of years without a computer. OK, it would be hard today, but it was not a real problem back then. However, a fridge is a real must and without airconditioning life would be even worse.

Ask this question in mid-July and I bet aircon would rate a lot higher.

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smithinjapan, actually, the computer just taught me the difference between everyday and every day. My fridge doesn't have Google. Also, pointing out minor grammatical mistakes to suggest someone is stupid means that you don't deserve a computer. Enjoy your fridge.

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If you're in a college dorm, you may not need a fridge. Well OK, maybe a mini-fridge - for the alcohol. ;-)

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Just wondering if all the computer voters out there think that they could order all their food online or what? Imagine not even having milk in the house to make tea. And all your clothes you would sent out to be dry cleaned??? Man. You guys must be rich or like being stinky.

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I'm guessing most of those who have voted for computers either are single, live alone and eat out most of the time and that those who are married are men that didn't ask their wives opinion and have no idea how much she and the children use that things called a refrigerator!

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Computers over refrigerators? I'm not hurting for cash but you'd need some serious coin to eat out for every meal...that or your diet consists of fast food and other associated garbage.

Personally I'd have refrigerator, heating unit, and radio as my top three, washing machine would be a close fourth but I took mine to a quarter place for years.

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@Bogi I am so sorry we are all not as pure and good as you. people change I am sorry you dont. In this day and age most of us are connected through our technology. Yes I was connected to my parents before I had a pc. but now that am 5,600 miles away email is how I stay connected. and it I lost the PC. I could write them a letter, but for a time I would feel slightly disconnected. WE, that us normal, not stuck up people, use tech to talk, text, read, learn. If you take that away suddenly, it would take a short bit to adapt and go back to old ways of newspapers, letters, and books. so yeah. I think most normal people would feel disconnected for a little bit.

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My blender/mixer! How else am I supposed to make my milkshakes?!

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@kujiranikusuki

computers are at the center of our lives. They are what keep us connected. We have one in our pocket, our back pack, our car, our home. Take that away today and people feel lost and disconnected, so it is natural to choose PC. my PC is my TV and my Music, and my internet, and my smart

..was what spurred my interest in the topic. I never said I didn't find computers useful, but rather wanted to remind posters that not all of us (the ancient, abnormal ones according to you) rely on them for, well, almost everything.

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I just noticed that DVD/Video player actually has 5 votes. One would assume that a TV is more important considering without it your DVD/Video player would by somewhat, er.. useless?!

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Yeah, no way in heck am I going to hand-wash my clothes. Did that back home when we had a week of power outages. -Fridge: I can live without one, it would cost more to eat daily but... -TV: This is something I do not have now, and never will in Japan. -Computer: Cell phones, enough said. -Air Conditioner: Only summer would be hard for me, I love winter. -Audio System: Back home when I actually had two amps with a total of 12 speakers set up (high-school bigger stick competition) I would have said yes to this.

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Doesn't anyone else here make their own milkshakes?

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I voted refrigerator but I'd vote for others that include:

Greapper1 probably the hot water heater.

an absolute must.

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At first I thought my pc... but then I realized it can't keep my beer cold! refrigerator would definitely be hard to live without!

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actually, i never really thought of a stereo, computer or tv as an electrical "appliance" . but they are .

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I'm amazed that people could live without heating or air-conditioning but not without a computer.

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Air-Con and Washing Machine, obviously.

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