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UK has most digitally literate youngsters

Young people in the UK are more tech literate than others around the world, according to a global survey of more than 12,000 young adults aged 18-30, across 27 countries, by Telefonica UK (O2).

The survey results show that nearly half of 18-30 year olds polled, in the UK, believe they have an “excellent” knowledge of computing, compared to just 30 percent worldwide.

These members of, what Telefonica terms, the “Millennial Generation” are of the opinion that education in technology is more important to success than any other subject, with a quarter claiming that it's more critical than economics, science or languages, while 76 percent believe that tech literacy makes it easier to get a job.

However the report also identified a growing gender divide, with just 18 percent of young women identifying technology as key to future success, compared to 31 percent of men, who were also more likely to have a positive experience with technology.  Nearly half the men said it had been influential on their lives compared to just under a quarter of women.

“Our economy is now a digital economy and our current generation of young people will be vital to fuelling its success,” said Ronan Dunne, Telefonica UK CEO. “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.

“It’s inspiring to see that they are putting technology at the heart of their future success but we must do more to help young men and, in particular, young women realise their digital potential.

The survey also found a notable optimism about technology among Latin America’s 18-30 year-olds. Respondents here are nearly twice as optimistic about their future as their global peers and are confident that technology can empower and produce change.

Telefonica has an impressive host of initiatives geared towards young people, including the Digital Confidence and Think Big programmes and the Wayra accelerator for start ups. The operator also plays a key role in events such as Campus Party, Europe's biggest digital festival.

The survey was the subject of a discussion at the FT-Millennials Summit, in London earlier this month. Highlights of the event are available on: www.telefonica.com/millennials 


Ticketing for the latest Campus Party, which takes place at the O2 in London, between 2-7 September 2013, is now open, with early bird rates still available. 

John Maddog Hall , President of Linux OS is confirmed as a speaker; please check the website for further announcements. A live Twinterview with Mr Maddog Hall is happening on 13 June at 1300 PM  


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