Adults, Computers and Problem Solving
Date posted: September 2, 2015
Adults, Computers and Problem Solving: What’s the Problem? is a recent report that provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments.
The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have the largest proportions of adults (around 40%) who score at the higher levels in problem solving, while Ireland, Poland and the Slovak Republic have the smallest proportions of adults (around 20%) who score at those levels. Variations in countries’ proficiency in problem solving using ICT (information and communications technology) are found to reflect differences in access to the Internet and in the frequency with which adults use e-mail.
The report finds that problem-solving proficiency is strongly associated with both age and general cognitive proficiency. Skill in problem solving using technology is related to greater participation in the labour force, lower unemployment, and higher wages. By contrast, a lack of computer experience has a substantial negative impact on labour market outcomes, even after controlling for other factors.