Two-thirds of children don’t know what a floppy disk is, survey reveals

It’s the universal icon for ‘Save’, but it seems that many youngsters have no idea what a floppy disk actually is.

A new YouGov survey of 2,011 children aged 6-18 examined how familiar kids are with technology from previous generations.

Researchers showed the children photos of 12 different technologies and asked them to name them.

Results revealed that two thirds of the children either didn’t know what a floppy disk was, or incorrectly identified it.

And rather hilariously, several children claimed that the object was a ‘save icon.’

Of the 12 pieces of technology, the hardest to identify were pagers and Ceefax/Teletext, which 86 per cent of children couldn’t identify.

But vinyl fans will be pleased to hear that most children still recognise records – only 26 per cent were unable to name a photo of a record.

And despite being invented more recently than records, cassettes were only recognised by 60 per cent of the children.

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