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South Koreans, Teen Girls Lead Digital Literacy

A new study shows that teens in two demographic groups -- South Koreans and girls -- learn the best from computers and the Internet. The survey results were released Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which examined the skills of 15-year-olds in 19 countries. Most nations had results similar to the previous 2009 study of print reading skills, Teens in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, and Macao, however, performed “significantly better” in digital reading than in reading print. The  opposite was true among teens in Poland, Hungary, Chile, Austria, Hong Kong, and Colombia. Girls scored 24 points higher than their male schoolmates when using computers. The organization found school computer use had little impact on results compared to home computer use. ( Programme for International Student Assessment)

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