British geeks may be well-paid blokes, but they have some way to go before taking over the country.
According to a report from The Work Foundation, techno freaks account for about a quarter of the population.
But the IT revolution is being driven by more pragmatic citizens, who are only interested in technology that is of practical benefit to their lives.
The research, sponsored by Microsoft and accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed that the technology enthusiasts are mostly high-earning men who spend more than 10 hours a week online.
"The majority of us have remained immune to the hype surrounding the digital revolution. Our use of technology is dominated by everyday concerns: friends and family, and shopping," said James Crabtree, a researcher at The Work Foundation (formerly The Industrial Society).
PCs can now be found in 54 per cent of British households, roughly the same number of homes with tumble dryers.
Ownership rises to 70 per cent for 35 to 44 year-olds, and 40 per cent have digital TV. Three quarters of British adults now own a mobile phone.
But the author of the report found that the British remained sceptical about the importance of technology.
"In true British fashion, the tortoise has out-run the hare and the UK ICT revolution has been led by the sedate, understated and practical majority," said Crabtree.
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