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Saturday, September 29, 2012

HP: Young people have a shortfall in computing knowledge

Nearly one in ten young people are lacking in computing knowledge, according to a report into the state of the nation's tech know-how.

A YouGuv online survey of more than 4,000 consumers conducted by PC manufacturer HP found that nine per cent of respondents, aged 18- to 34 considered their knowledge of computers and technology to be low, compared to 61 per cent who believe they have a medium level of knowledge.

Being in an age where computers are central to many parts of our life, the gap in knowledge is something the younger generation is aware of. More than a third (38 per cent) of 18- to 34-year-olds that responded to the survey said that they felt there was a gap between their current and desired level of understanding when it comes to computers.

For almost half of adults online, getting to grips with their computer doesn't stop at simply using it - 46 per cent felt it was very important to also have some knowledge of computer maintenance. With this in mind, and with the nation's love of DIY, 58 per cent of all respondents would usually attempt to fix their own computer if it wasn't working at its full potential.

Paul Hunter, general manager of HP UK & Ireland, said: "It's concerning to see that people don't feel that they have the skills they need when it comes to using a computer.

"Given the current challenges of the economy, it's important that all generations are equipped with the skills they need to be competitive in the workplace and beyond."

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