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A high-quality broadband connection is one of the most important things in a young person's life, a new survey has found.

Blinds company Hillarys polled 18 to 25-year-olds to find out what they consider most important to maintain a good quality of life.

Freedom of speech came top of the list, with 81 per cent of respondents citing this as a priority.

But interestingly, 69 per cent chose an internet connection, placing it second in the list, ahead of essentials including daylight (64 per cent) and hot water (57 per cent).

Web users who replied to the survey said they go online an average of 78 times a day - which indicates the extent to which the internet has become a big part of their daily lives.

Respondents were also asked what they feel could improve their quality of life further - and again their online experience was decisive for many, with 14 per cent saying they want a larger social media following.

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