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Young Koreans may be tech savvy, but older adults lagging behind: OECD Updated: 2013-10-10 06:33:23 KST

Young Koreans may be tech savvy, but older adults lagging behind: OECD
When it comes to digital skills, young Koreans seem to be top notch, able to adapt well to each new advance in technology.
Almost all of the students in this class raise their hands, when asked if they can handle computers well.


"I started using the computer when I was seven years old. Now I run my own blog and internet community site."


"When I have homework, I do it on Power Point. I even make video clips."

In fact, more than 63 percent of Koreans between the ages of 16 and 24 have computer skills that rank at level two or three out of three, according to a new report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, on key skills used by adults at work and at home.
But the older generation doesn't seem to be keeping up with technological trends very well.
Less than four percent of Koreans between the ages of 55 and 65 are able to use computers well, which is far below the OECD average of 11.7 percent.


"I didn't even know what a computer was when I was young. Even if I learn something, I forget it the next day, so I don't even bother."

The findings are based on a survey of about 157-thousand people aged 16 to 65 in 24 OECD nations, testing adult skills in three areas -- literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a digital environment.
Experts attribute the disparity in digital skills to the lack of social education for the elderly population, compared to developed OECD nations, and differences in education level between Korea's younger and older generations.

As for literacy proficiency among adults from the ages of 16 to 65 years,
Korea performs at the OECD average of 273 out of 500, which is similar to Canada and the U.K, while Korea performs below average in numeracy and digital proficiency.
But the 16 to 24 age group is well above the average in all three categories, which indicates just how tech savvy the young generation is.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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