Children as Technologically Aware as 45-Year-Olds

According to a report from Ofcom on the 'millennium generation', six-year-olds have the same understanding of communications technology as 45-year-olds.

Ofcom's 11th Communications Market Report consisting of 2,000 adults and 800 children found that teenagers born at the end of the millennium are the first generation to benefit from broadband and digital communications whilst growing up.

The report measured the confidence and knowledge of communications technology, calculating an individual's digital quotient score.

Of those surveyed, more than 60% of those aged 55 and over have a below average digital quotient (DC) score. The report found that we hit our peak confidence and understanding of digital communications and technology when we are in our late teens. The report also states our confidence and understanding drops in our late 50's and decreases drastically from 60 onwards.

15-24 year olds were found to spend only 3% of their communication time on the phone, with 94% of their time spent texting and using instant and social messaging.

Ed Richards Ofcom's chief executive said: "Our research shows that a 'millennium generation' is shaping communications habits for the future. While children and teenagers are the most digitally savvy, all age groups are benefitting from new technology.

"We're now spending more time using media or communications than sleeping. The convenience and simplicity of smartphones and tablets are helping us cram more activities into our daily lives."

The report found the average UK adult spends more time using media or communications than they do sleeping.

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