Two-thirds of Brits Use Just 4 Functions on Their Phones

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Technology marches on with new and advanced products hitting the high street daily. However even with today's reliance on computers and mobile phones over half (53%) of Brits feel that modern technology has now become too complicated and could turn their back on technology according to the latest report from PayPal.

Whilst Brits are in some cases using some of the new technological advances, many still have no more than a basic understanding of them. The age old problem of setting a video recorder still exists for one in three Brits, even though they have been in the mainstream for 27 years. DVDs offer a more complex challenge with four in five (77%) not feeling confident to set one to record.

Also, mobile phones are now ubiquitous, yet many remain baffled by their features. The majority, almost two thirds (61%), use only four features on their mobile phone - calls, text messages, alarm clock and camera - while two fifths don't even know if their mobile phone has a camera function.

Neil Edwards, PayPal's technology expert comments: "It's a worrying sign for Britain that so many of us are baffled and therefore turned off by technology. There's no hiding from technology so burying your head in the sand won't make it go away. We all must embrace technology or risk becoming the tech illiterates of the world."

The findings demonstrate that technology is increasingly pervading our lives with 70% now regularly using a computer, almost three quarters (74%) a mobile phone, and 77% a DVD player or recorder. There has, however, been less widespread adoption of 'newer' technologies with a quarter (27%) regularly using an MP3 player and only 3% a BlackBerry.

Generational differences are highlighted with 93 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds regularly using a computer compared with 42 per cent of those aged over 55. The discrepancy is even greater for 'newer' technologies, with 70 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds regularly using an MP3 player compared with 36 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds and just 11 per cent of those aged over 45.

The research also shows that women lag behind men in their use of technology with only two thirds (66%) of women regularly using a computer compared with 74 per cent of men. A third more men than women regularly use an MP3 player. Mobile phones, however, are equally popular with both sexes."

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