The British people claim they are dependent on high technology in the home and the office, but developments in IT have not lightened their workload.
Also, despite vendor hysteria surrounding teleworking, the majority of workers do not believe there are advantages to working from home.
Around 1,000 adults and 350 children were polled for a survey, commissioned by Motorola, about the use of technology in the work and home.
In the workplace, 40 per cent of respondents are most dependent on their desktop computers, while 34 per cent said they could not do without their fax machines.
However, only eight per cent felt such devices were labour saving. The majority, 64 per cent, said IT developments meant they spent about the same amount of time working that they did two years ago.
Other than using their home PCs to surf the Net and play games, one in 20 claimed to be early users of Internet telephony for international calls. However, the majority said they still did not understand the concept, with a further 58 per cent oblivious to IP telephony altogether.
Despite the millions of marketing pounds spent on advertising by media moguls, almost two-thirds of respondents had never heard of digital TV, or when it would be available. However, 44 per cent said they would like to access this service.
Mobile phones are more useful for sorting out personal problems than business issues. While 91 per cent of cellphone users said it is easy to be contacted by friends, only 67 per cent believed it is straightforward to be contacted by business associates. This is probably just as well, given that only five per cent of employers pay their employees? phone bills.
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