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Havering residents have ‘tech dread’ according to new research

18:00 03 April 2014

This #myborough graphic highlights each borough's habits

This #myborough graphic highlights each borough's habits

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You may have seen this image splashed on the walls of the undergound - but research suggests you won’t be joining in with the debate on Twitter.

Havering residents have been branded technology novices in a new “infographic” highlighting the habits and traits of each of the capital’s boroughs.

Apparently, we have “tech dread” and the borough “isn’t so keen when it comes to gadgets”.

The research was carried out by online community work.shop.play who are encouraging people to join the debate on Twitter by using the hashtag #myborough.

The research appears to be accurate, however, as not one person has mentioned Havering on the social media website using the hashtag.

In 2012, statistics released by the Mayor of London found ­Havering to have the third lowest number of people using the internet, with almost 25 per cent of residents never having been online.

The borough’s elderly population will no doubt have played a part in the new findings, ­though weekly computer classes at Romford Central Library are improving their knowledge of the subject.

The Friday session has a 25-strong waiting list with most members in their mid 60s, while a drop-in class on Mondays and Tuesdays is also a popular with the over 50s.

However, Cllr Michael Armstrong, cabinet member for transformation, said he did not agree with the survey’s findings and praised the borough’s technological innovation.

“I’ve always found that here in Havering we are quite open to gadgets,” he said, “For example, we were one of the first to get smart tables for our libraries.”

Work.shop.play surveyed 6,000 Londoners for the project. It found Redbridge residents to have a love of science and Barking and Dagenham people to believe money is the measure of success. In stark contrast with Havering, Newham was revealed to be the capital’s “techiest” borough.

Get involved with the debate by tweeting @romfordrecorder using the hashtag #myborough.

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