It turns out the first digitally native generation may not be all that tech-smart. (Tweet This)
A report by the nonprofit Change the Equation, which focuses on science, tech, engineering and math literacy, shows that some 58 percent of millennials have failed to master tech skills that help increase workplace productivity. The number is more surprising given that they spend 35 hours per week using digital media, the report states.
"This current generation of young people has never lived without tech," said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. "It's second nature to them."
Yet, using technology for social reasons doesn't make a person adept at using it in other settings, she said.
"Information drenches society," Rosen said. "Part of being technology savvy is being able to organize it so you can wrap your head around it."
The data is based on the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies conducted by the OECD.
The OECD ranks technology skills in four different levels—below level one, and levels one, two and three—with level two being a "minimum standard" for "access to professional and social benefits."