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'Men use computers more than women' claims study

publication date: 22 April 2003

There is still a gender split in the use of IT, according to a survey. In the nationwide study only a third of women said they felt extremely confident using new technology, compared to 56% of men.

There is still a gender split in the use of IT, according to a survey. In the nationwide study only a third of women said they felt extremely confident using new technology, compared to 56% of men. Men make up two-thirds of IT users, spending more than 10 hours per week on-line. Men also play games more than women - with 61% of male PC owners playing interactive games compared to 45% of female owners.

The study by the Work Foundation's iSociety found over half of UK adults own a personal computer, 74% own mobile phones and 41% live in homes with digital TV. It also revealed that 93% of 16 to 24-year-olds have sent a text message, compared to only 10% of over-65s. Only one in five PC owners is over the age of 65, and two-thirds of those in this age-group believe there is "too much technology to keep up with". A spokesman for the research said British PC users are different in their approach to technology. "Instead of becoming a Borg-generation, the majority of us have remained immune to the hype surrounding the digital revolution," he argued.

He added: "Our use of technology is dominated by everyday concerns - friends and family, childcare and the shopping."

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