Digital generation gap remains wide open as older generations fail to embrace new technology

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 27/10/2017 22:13

Fewer than half of adults in the UK are classed as “digitally savvy” according to new research by Nominet – the company best known for the smooth running of the .UK internet.

The Digital Futures Index, launched today by Nominet, found that only 42% of adults are able to easily complete a number of digital tasks. Respondents were asked about their ability to upload a video clip, download an app, use an online map, set up a new mobile phone, build a website, and pay for things via mobile. They were also asked to identify basic icons, such as those for menu, settings and Wi-Fi.

The research found that digital savviness also decreased with age, highlighting a generational digital skills gap. It found that whilst 64% of millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) are digitally savvy, only 46% of Gen X (born between 1965 and 1980) are. This then drops to 34% for Gen Z (born 1997 onwards), 23% of baby boomers (born between 1946 to 1964) and 15% of the pre-war generation (born 1945 and earlier).

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