Survey finds UK public IT illiterate

Even with today’s reliance on computers and mobile phones, over half (53%) of the British public feel that modern technology has become too complicated, according to the latest report from PayPal, the online payments provider.

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Even with today’s reliance on computers and mobile phones, over half (53%) of the British public feel that modern technology has become too complicated, according to the latest report from PayPal, the online payments provider.

The figures from the report suggest the level of technology understanding needs to be raised if ‘UK Plc’ is to keep up with the rest of the world. The age-old problem of setting a video recorder still exists for one in three for example, while DVDs offer a more complex challenge with four in five (77%) not feeling confident to set one to record.

The majority, almost two thirds (61%), use only four features on their mobile phone – calls, text messages, alarm clock and camera – while two-fifths didn’t know if their mobile phone has a camera function.

Despite this seeming ignorance of technology, the findings demonstrate it is increasingly pervading our everyday lives with 70% now regularly using a computer; almost three quarters (74%) a mobile phone; and 77% a DVD player or recorder. There has, however, been less widespread adoption of the latest mobile technologies, with a quarter (27%) regularly using an MP3 player and just 3% a BlackBerry.

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