If you gave a six-year-old and a forty-five-year-old an iPhone, who do you think could actually use it better? Now, a six-year-old may not be able to even tie a shoe lace, but children around that age are more technically advanced than an adult. Babies born any later than the year 2000 did not get to experience the lovely sound of dial-up internet, and they do not understand the concept of a land line telephone. Instead, they are learning how to operate the newest smartphones and tablets before they can even speak.
Ofcom, a United Kingdom communications regulator, did a survey. They tested 800 children and 2,000 adults on how well they could operate smartphones. In the age group of six to seven-year-olds, the average digital quotient was 98. For those between the ages of 45 and 49, they scored a digital quotient of 96. For teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15-year-old, they reached the highest digital quotient of 113. Along with the survey, advice was provided for the families to improve their understanding of technology and how to protect their families online.
For more information, visit: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/ofcom-children-digital-technology-better-than-adults