You may have heard of IQ (intelligence quotient) and perhaps EQ (emotional quotient), but did you know you have a DQ as well? No, not Dairy Queen, but your Digital Quotient.
Your DQ is a measure of your confidence and knowledge about technology. That’s right, you can take a quick quiz to find out how much you know about tech and how sure you are about that knowledge.
Ofcom Study of Digital Quotient
A recent study by UK regulator Ofcom tested the tech knowledge and confidence of adults and children to determine how knowledgeable they were about tech and how much they enjoyed learning about new tech. The study questioned people in the UK, 2000 adults and 800 children, about their knowledge and comfort levels with tech to measure their DQ.
Gauging the average UK adult’s DQ at 100, the study found that:
- the most tech-savvy age group was 14-15 year olds, with an average DQ of 113
- but 16-19 year olds were close behind at 112.
The study found that young children do know quite a bit of tech:
- 6-7 year olds scored an average DQ of 98
- while people ages 45-49 scored an average DQ of 96.
Taking the Quiz
Want to test your knowledge of tech and find out your DQ? Take a 3-minute quiz that’s a sample of the questions asked in the Ofcom study. Click on the link below and scroll down to the orange link on the page to take the quiz:
The quiz is free and anonymous, no need to register to take it and no one has to know your score but you. Unless you want to share it, of course!
After you’ve completed your quiz you’ll see a results page showing your DQ score and a graph of how you compare to others in general and in your age group.
My DQ score was 134, not perfect, but above average (phew!).
You can share your results with others on social media. The results page has links to share your score on:
- Google Plus
Sharing is optional, you can decide whether you want to brag or cop to your score. If you’d rather keep your DQ score to yourself, no worries. Your secret will be safe.
Other Ofcom Study Findings
The study showed a gap in tech knowledge that mirrors the generation gap, with older adults less familiar with cutting-edge technology than children:
- 75% of children studied said that they would not know what to do without technology, while only 54% of adults felt that way.
- 16% of children studied said that new technology confused them, compared to 32% of adults.
- > 60% of people aged 55 and over have a below-average DQ score.
Clearly the adults studied were not Wonder of Tech readers!
Younger people were more likely to use the Internet than older adults:
- 98% of 16-24 year olds reporting using the Internet while only 30% of those over 75 reported doing so.
- 86% of 16-24 year olds use their smartphones to go online but only 9% of those over 65 access the Internet from their phones.
Increased Use of Tech
The study also showed that use of tech is growing:
- 44% of UK households own tablets, as opposed to 24% last year.
- 61% of adults own smartphones, up from 51% last year.
The use of laptops has become more common than desktop computers:
- 63% of UK households own laptops while only 35% own desktops
- 9% fewer households own desktops now than in 2012.
Changes in Use of Devices
As tech is changing so are our habits in using tech. The use of smartphones and ereaders has increased dramatically since 2009 but the use of DVD players, gaming consoles and DVD players has decreased.
We’re all multi-tasking more with 99% of adults reporting using more than one media device at a time. The average amount of time spent multi-tasking using tech is now 2 hours and 3 minutes per day on average in the UK.
The full report is available online for free, if you want to read the results of the study in its entirety: Ofcom 2014 Communications Report. Many more fascinating facts are contained in the report that give us a glimpse into how tech is changing and what to expect in the future.
Want to raise your DQ score and stay ahead of kindergarteners? Keep reading The Wonder of Tech! (No guarantee that you’ll stay ahead of first graders though.)
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Did you take the Ofcom Quiz? Are you brave enough to reveal your DQ score? Were you surprised by any of the findings in the Ofcom report? Do you think the results of the study would be drastically different for your country (if you’re not in the UK)? Would you have quit reading The Wonder of Tech if my DQ score had been low? Let us know in the Comments section below!
*Kindergartener picture courtesy of Mats Eriksson (edited)