The younger generation not as tech-savvy as we think

By on April 25, 2012
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Difference between males and females is just confidence, not knowledge.

In a recent survey by UK’s Open University of over 2000 students, a very interesting insight has been revealed. A lot of people nowadays claim that the younger generation is more tech-savvy than the older, simply due to the fact that they’re growing up with modern devices. That’s not the case at all.

Our research shows that the argument that there is a generational break between today’s generation of young people who are immersed in new technologies and older generations who are less familiar with technology is flawed,” says Dr Jones. “The diverse ways that young people use technology today shows the argument is too simplistic and that a new single generation, often called the ‘net generation’, with high skill levels in technology does not exist.

The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), led by Dr Christopher Jones of the Open University was done with first year students at five British universities. The research showed that an overwhelming majority (97,8%) of students owned a mobile phones, 77.4% owned laptops and 38.1% had desktop computers. And while 2/3rd of the students were satisfied with their access of computers, 83.2% said they would miss not having access to their mobile phones.

More importantly, though, the level of IT related skills between males and females was negligible; males being more confident in their usage of “spreadsheets, graphics, audio/video, computer maintenance and security.” Interestingly most students who had been exposed to a wide variety of technology lacked proper understanding of specialized software.

Although where social networking is concerned, 95.7% of students under the age of 20 use social networking, whereas those over the age of 35 amounted to just 21.5%.


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