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

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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