Digital teens: the realtime generation

The average UK teenager owns six digital devices.

Research published by Logicalis found that 84% of the 1000 UK teenagers (aged 13-17) surveyed owned a smartphone; 78% owned a laptop and 51% owned a tablet device. 

Unsurprisingly, the respondents (the 'Realtime' generation according to the researchers) named Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as their top three apps. 

From consumers to creators

  • 61% of respondents create and share video content
  • 10% of the boys who responded have created an app, either because they wanted to learn how it was done or because they thought it would be fun to do so

Interest in coding

Although a relatively small percentage of the teenagers had created an app, or coded (7% of the total) many more expressed an interest in learning how to code.  28% would value the opportunity to learn how to code/create apps and consider programing skills as a potentially lucrative career option.

A digital future – education and work

  • 76% of the girls and 61% of the boys plan to go to university. 
  • Maths, English, Science and ICT are considered the top subjects needed to secure desired career
  • A significant percentage felt that HE would need to update ICT infrastructures to support  the digital devices and technologies they would wish to use
  • Gender gap: IT and Technology careers were selected by 31% of boys and only 6% of girls

Other examples of gender differences include:

Top career sector choices for girls:

  • Healthcare – 28%
  • Teaching/education – 25%
  • Science and research – 19%

Top career sector choices for boys:

  • IT and technology – 31%
  • Science and research – 20%
  • Engineering 19%

Into the workplace

As the teenagers project themselves into the workforce, they epect to be using a variety of devices and technology.  They are also expecting they will not be bringing their own devices but rather choosing their own devices which their employers will then supply.

The report is available for download here.

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