Older individuals in the UK may be more comfortable using ink cartridges to print out photos they have shared on the internet than younger generations, despite a myth they are less tech savvy.

A study by internet service provider Plusnet revealed 72 per cent of people aged over 55 claim they understand jargon such as bandwidth, router and Wi-Fi, compared with 61 per cent 16 to 24-year-olds.

This may be because they are more willing to take lessons to learn about technology, as 22 per cent of the older generation have attended computing classes.

Chief executive of Plusnet Jamie Ford said "it is the older audience who are making the effort to get to grips with the net, and therefore learning more about how it all works", despite the fact youngsters typically have more exposure to the internet.

Recently, it was revealed by Mozy that the typical person in the UK spends an hour and a half a week sharing photos online, as digital devices have largely replaced traditional film-based cameras.