Not so smart. Three quarters of us don’t understand tech terms such as IoT and blockchain

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  • Overall Brits scored 30.8% when tested on 2018 technology terms.
  • 25-34 year olds are the most tech savvy age group, scoring 35% on the test, the least savvy were the 45-54 year olds who scored just 24.7%.
  • The Northern Irish are the most tech savvy in the UK scoring 39.3% on the buzzwords quiz.
  • See how you score on the 2018 tech buzzword quiz


A survey from translation and interpreting company LanguageLine Solutions has found that three quarters of us don’t understand the latest tech terms.

Considering the popularity of smart homes, the phrase that stumped Brits the most was ‘Internet of Things’.

Just 27% of Brits knew that it’s a network of physical appliances that send and receive data – for example when your fridge ‘talks’ to an app on your phone to tell it you’re run out of milk, or a central system in your home that can control lighting, temperature or security systems.

Instead, 43.9% thought it was a search engine of unusual online information, 19% thought it was an online space that requires software to view and 10.1% thought it was a tech based podcast!

Similarly 27.5% of us believe Blockchain is a word to describe a person who doesn’t forward those (rather creepy) chain emails that keep going around. 27.3% of us think it’s a system to block chain-based emails and 13% of us thought it was when multiple people block one person on social media.

Less than a third (32.2%) of Brits knew that a blockchain is a ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions.

Overall, Brits scored 30.8% on the tech buzzwords quiz. When broken down by gender it showed that men overall (35.3%) scored higher than women (26.7%).

The most tech savvy age group were the 25-34 year olds, scoring 35% on the test. Just behind them were the 55-64’s (33.1%), the over 65’s (32%), and the 35-44 year olds (28.9%). Surprisingly the 18-24’s only scored 28.4% on the test! Surprisingly, the least tech savvy age group were the 45-54 year olds who scored just 24.7% overall.

People of Northern Ireland scored the highest (39.3% in total) followed by regions such as Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands, who scored 28.7% and 28.2% respectively. Bottom of the list were the North West and Scotland, who both scored 23.1% on the quiz overall. 

See how your tech knowledge compares by taking interactive quiz below.

https://www.languageline.com/uk/technology-quiz

Chris Price