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How much unused technology do UK households hold?

UK households hold more than 20 billion pounds unused Technology – including older smartphones, laptops and tablets, according to a poll.

A poll shows the average Home page has the technology to adjust £813.90 lying around in drawers, cabinets and on shelves.

This equates to £20 billion worth of unused devices across 26.3 million households in the country with access to connectivity.

And the average adult hasn’t had a good understanding of old technology for more than three and a half years, according to a poll of 2,000 adults.

While 81% have a dusty cell phone in a drawer that hasn’t been used for more than a year.

Max Taylor, consumer director, Vodafone UK, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s shocking to see how much older technology we have around our homes.

“It’s easy to hold onto an old piece of technology in case something goes wrong with a new one, but when that ‘precaution’ time hasn’t arrived in a year, it may be time to move on. “

The survey also found that lack of motivation, not enough time, and having to clean documents are among the top reasons why it takes you too long to clean up.

And instead of throwing away old technology, adults keep it in their hands ‘in case’ something happens to their upgraded phone and two in 10 just can’t be bothered to get rid of it. .

Nearly a fifth of respondents also admitted that they consider themselves hoarders when it comes to technology.

A further quarter would be more likely to sell a used car when buying a new one than to sell tech gadgets when buying a replacement vehicle.

It also found that more than 1 in 10 feel the need to stay up to date with the latest technology, with a third saying the best time to buy new technology is on release date or some time after.

While 1/3 expect to receive at least one gift of this technology Christmas, with thousands of people expected to hit Gifting Day sales to buy themselves new gadgets.

But despite an Ofcom report that found 1.5 million households live in ‘digital exclusion’ – meaning they lack the connectivity, equipment or digital skills needed to participate social – two out of 10 adults don’t know that an old device can be donated to charity.

Currently, only 6% would consider donating their old technology to charity.

Furthermore, up to 48% do not know how to responsibly recycle or dispose of old technology.

While 4 in 10 people don’t know what digital poverty means, even though 57% consider internet access and connectivity an essential right.

According to OnePoll research, more than a third would give them their old device if they knew it would make a difference for someone.

To encourage people to donate their unused technology, Vodafone has partnered with Roman Kemp to launch ‘ReBoxing day’.

Max Taylor added: “With so much of modern life centered around technology, those without access to it run the risk of falling behind.

“Most people have old devices stashed away at home that they know they will never use again.

“That’s why this Christmas, we’re calling on the British public to help us tackle digital poverty by donating their old devices, anyone can donate one. get old – you don’t need to be a Vodafone customer to join.

“We’ll then add six months of free data, calls and texts, and give away your old device to the people who need it most.”

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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/unused-technology-uk-households-poll-b1969370.html How much unused technology do UK households hold?

JOE HERNANDEZ

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