Europeans display a broad variation of ability in using computers. On average, one out of three does not know how to use a personal computer. According to a study by the European statistical agency Eurostat, two thirds of Greeks between the ages of 16 and 74 are among the uninitiated. Next trailing in the computer illiteracy line are the Italians and Hungarians. The proportion in Sweden and Denmark was around an impressive ten percent. One quarter of Britons taken on the whole said they knew nothing in this area.
As the computer has become increasingly common in schools and the workplace, ignorance can be a disadvantage. Fortunately, Eurostat said the level of expertise and familiarity in the 16-24 age range soars. In this group, nine out of ten feel as comfortable with a keyboard and a mouse as with a pen and paper.