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Survey Suggests Average UK Teenager 'Owns Six Digital Devices'

Fri 20 Dec, 2013 // Firstnumber Team

According to a survey carried out by global IT firm Logicalis, the average British teenager owns six digital devices and posts photos and information online on a regular basis. According to Logicalis, it may not be long before the nation's youth see “always-on-connectivity” as a right.

The poll showed that 84% of the teenagers polled own a smartphone, 78% a laptop and 51% a tablet device. With Facebook, YouTube and Twitter coming in as the top three apps being used, the survey also suggests two-thirds are creating and actively sharing their own videos and content.

Around 28% of the youngsters questioned feel that information and communications technology is key to their future career. With most teens using mobile gadgets, around three quarters of the ones surveyed expect the UK to update its digital devices and technology to keep up with the habits of their generation.

The goal of the survey was to establish what Logicalis refers to as the “digital footprint” of young people in the UK. Its results suggest that today's youth understands the value of a digital future.

Their choices of school subjects alone suggest that this generation is already thinking about pursuing careers in this field, with information and communications technology as well as the sciences coming up in the top four most popular subjects.

Published earlier this month, the research states: “A knowledge economy and a workforce that utilises its digital-first attributes to increase productivity will not happen by itself."

"Nurturing this generation's digital capabilities could bring significant economic value to UK plc and increase the UK's competitiveness in the international market," it adds.

"The challenge is whether we can implement change - in our education system and the workplace quickly enough to sustain this generation's interest in the professions and industries that give Britain its competitive edge," it concludes.

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