In a poll conducted by consultancy firm The Foundation, Scots have named Twitter as the worst breakthrough of the last 10 years.
But we are not a nation of technophobes, as home broadband was our most popular innovation of the last decade, cited by half of all respondents as having the biggest impact on their lives.
So what are we doing on our home computers if not tweeting? Well perhaps the fact that online shopping came second in the poll is a clue. Scots, it seems, love to avoid the shops but presumably don’t tell their friends about it.
Other innovations that we rate highly include on demand television, which came in third place. Surprisingly this failed to make the top ten across the UK as a whole, suggesting that Scots watch television very differently.
Banking security was highly rated in Scotland, with chip and pin cards appearing at fourth, while 24 hour news channels, community recycling and low cost air travel followed. The rest of our top ten were the search engine Google, online comparison sites and better health labelling on food.
At the other end of the scale, the things that we rated as annoying us less than Twitter included paying for plastic bags and those automated menu systems that so many companies now employ.
Across the UK as a whole the most annoying development was reality tv, but in Scotland even the X Factor and the like couldn’t displace Twitter from top place.
What is it we dislike so much about micro-blogging? Perhaps we just have so much to say that it can’t be fitted into a tweet!