USA WEEKEND 25th Anniversary Reader Survey Results Illustrate Most Influential Tech Trends of a Generation

Dec 22, 2010, 14:00 ET from USA WEEKEND Magazine

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This past September, as part of USA WEEKEND's 25th anniversary celebration, readers were invited to share what technology trends influenced them most over the past 25 years. More than 6,000 readers completed the survey and commented. Full results will be announced in the December 26 edition of the newspaper magazine.

When USA WEEKEND first launched in 1985, Microsoft had just released the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.  Since then, these inventions have shaped the past quarter century for USA WEEKEND readers:

  • For Better:  The personal computer was the #1 invention that made lives better for 78% of USA WEEKEND readers, followed by the Internet (77%). But both technologies have been around for decades.  Time will tell if the two lowest-ranking inventions, hybrid cars and the e-reader, both at 4%, will revolutionize the world 20 years in the future.
  • For Worse:  At 33%, the cell phone is the #1 invention that changed the lives of readers for the worse. But the cell phone was also the #3 invention that changed the lives of 64% of readers for the better.  Either way the message is clear. We have a love/hate relationship with our cell phones.  

The survey was announced in the September 12 issue of USA WEEKEND, inviting readers to log onto to share their thoughts on the past 25 years and be entered to win one of 25 prizes.  The multiple-choice questionnaire was open to the public from Sunday, Sept. 12 to Monday, Sept. 20. Full results can be found in December 26 editions of the newsmagazine and online at

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, USA WEEKEND is a national weekly newspaper magazine with 22.6 million circulation and 47 million readers in print and online.  It is distributed through more than 800 newspapers. Awarded for its journalism and design, USA WEEKEND focuses on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. It has an expanded presence in the social media arena with active participation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. USA WEEKEND is a Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI) publication.