Most Young People Have Never Read A Paper Map

May 29, 2019

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A new survey has found that 1 in 7 Millennials have never read a paper map! That means millions of young adults may end up completely lost without a working digital device. The survey of 1,000 millennials (adults ages 23 thru 38) and 1,000 middle-aged adults at least 39 years old revealed that technology has entirely changed the face of what many once considered one of the most important skills to learn in life. While 44% of older generations say they felt “very confident” in their ability to read a traditional map, only 19% of millennials felt the same. Overall, researchers found the average millennial uses a digital map five times a month, or at least once a week, while the middle-aged adults only do so just twice a month. Authors of the survey say that technology is great in inspiring and enabling millions of people to get outside. However, we have all experienced tech fails, whether batteries dying or signal issues, and this is where paper maps can be an essential backup. The survey also found that digital maps aren’t always a sure thing for millennials, with 30% admitting they’ve gotten lost or headed in the wrong direction when using one. Despite this, just 20% wished they were better at reading traditional maps.

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SOURCE: Survey Finds

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