I'm delivering a workshop tomorrow about how to get your art online. One of the first issues I'm addressing is how "tech savvy" people are - helped by OFCOM's new research report on how Techie teens are shaping communications
Critical issues relating to getting their art online for many artists include:
- how familiar they are with technology and associated software
- how confident they are that they can understand and use them properly
In other words a lot of the practical issues relate to how tech savvy they are! My workshop will be looking at ways to improve how tech savvy you are.
Testing your digital quotient
Did you know your digital quotient can be measured? This is a technical term for how tech savvy you are.
Did you know that:
- 6-7 year olds have an average DQ (digital quotient) score of 98 (if exposed to new technology and its uses),
- 45 and 49 year olds score an average of 96. (Think about it and reread the first bullet point!)
- Digital understanding peaks in those aged 14-15 years-old. On average their DQ is 113.
- Being tech savvy falls off with age after 15 and after age 45 it is below average.
- more than 60% of people aged 55 and over have a below average 'DQ' score
Which is how I explain my tech savvy score of 117 - see my score result below - and I'm having a major birthday later this year and am already drawing a pension!
You too can get your tech savvy score using an abbreviated version of the OFCOM Digital Quotient questionnaire
|My Tech savvy score using an abbreviated version of the questionnaire|
My personal view is that I only got a relatively high tech savvy score by working away at understanding new technology and what it can do - and using the resources made available by people (often online) which help me to learn.
So three questions:
- How tech savvy are you? (I dare you to share your score!)
- Is your score better or worse than the average for your age?
- What are YOUR effective strategies for improving how tech savvy you are?
More about this on this blog in the coming months..........
Incidentally I highly recommend a read of the OFCOM report if you want to see into the future in terms of how communication within the art market will change. I'll also come back to this in a future blog post.
Link: View Ofcom’s 2014 Communications Market Report