UK youth believe they are more ‘tech savvy’ than global peers

The UK’s young people are said to be "more tech savvy" than their global counterparts, according to research that questioned 12,000 18 to 30 year olds across 27 countries.

The Telefónica research found that 49 percent in the UK believed they had an "excellent knowledge of technology" compared to just 30 percent worldwide.

As the generation who grew up with the internet, a significant portion of UK "millennials" also believed an education in technology is now "critical to their future success" (25 percent), more so than any other discipline, including economics (18 percent), science (18 percent) or languages (8 percent).

UK millennials also see technology as a "vital enabler to moving from school to the workplace", with more than three quarters (76 percent) stating that knowing about technology makes it easier to get a job.

But whilst it’s clear that technology may well play an increasingly important role in the future success, or otherwise, of the UK’s young people, the survey exposes a gender divide.

A significantly larger proportion of young men (31 percent) compared to young women (18 percent) identify technology as holding the key to future success. Young men (47 percent) are twice as likely as young women (23 percent) to say that technology "has been influential in shaping their outlook on life".

Telefónica UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: “Our economy is now a digital economy and our current generation of young people will be vital to fueling its success.

“Digital literacy is fast becoming a minimum standard in the same way as English and maths, and UK millennials are in a unique position to capitalise on the opportunities the digital economy presents."

Telefónica is hosting its Campus Party Europe at London O2 Arena to "help bring the brightest young digital minds together" on 2-7 September.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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