Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mum...What's a computer?

“A surprising number of high school students graduate without learning how to use a personal computer."

Which country do you think Tim Clark, of the University of Southern California, was talking about when he made that statement?

Somewhere in Africa? Rural China? Eastern Europe perhaps?

Believe it or not he was talking about Japan. Yes Japan!

The problem has arisen because internet access over the mobile phone is now so commonplace that many Japanese youngsters are no longer using computers.

As such their knowledge and skill with computers is really no better than that of their parents.

This has given rise to a new generation of frustrated young job seekers who are unable to enter the white collar workforce because of their lack of rudimentary computer skills.