The government has hailed online shopping as a ?godsend? in a recent report about how technology will shape the future.
?Towards the Future? by the Government Office of Science & Technology, examined how people?s lives and work will change.
It predicts that in 20 years? time 25 per cent of the population aged over 65, and 80 per cent of new households, will be occupied by a single person.
Home shopping will be a ?godsend for time-constrained, highly educated single young men and women who are familiar with IT,? said Jonathan Reynolds of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, who helped compile the report.
The study predicts that while more workers in the future will be freelance, it doesn?t envisage teleworking replacing the office environment, stating that workers will still meet face-to-face to discuss new ideas.
People who are sick will also spend time at home using new advances in technology to have their health diagnosed and monitored remotely by doctors.
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