82% of U.K. 5-Year-Olds Use an Internet Device

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Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Wall Street Journal, adoption to technology is clearly being reflected by age. Reportedly, "82% of 5-year-olds in the U.K. already own or use an Internet-enabled device" while 70% of pensioners don't.

At the other end of the age spectrum, research by U.K. think-tank Policy Exchange shows that seven out of 10 U.K. citizens over the age of 65 do not have an online device at home; 5.4 million have never used the Internet; and only one in 20 owns a smartphone.Such a vast disparity in technology adoption raises some questions about societal consequences. If 4 out of 5 children are using the Internet before they go to school, then why is their curriculum based on paper? And if only 30% of pensioners have access to a computer at home, e-government ambitions face serious challenges.

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