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London is most e-literate place in UK, but Torquay tops e-Luddite stakes

Antony Savvas

London is the UK's most e-literate town, and Torquay is the most e-Luddite place in the nation, according to a study.

More than 12,000 people completed the e-test "How 'e' are you?" developed by online consultant Enhance Media.

It covered 30 internet activities, including using a search engine, e-mail, subscribing to an RSS feed and uploading a video to YouTube.

London and Canterbury are the e-capitals of the UK, according to the survey. Bournemouth was second to last and Torquay had the lowest score.

Britain's most e-literate towns                 Britain's least e-literate towns

1. London                                               1. Torquay

2. Canterbury                                         2. Bournemouth

3. Cambridge                                         3. Twickenham

4. Swindon                                            4. Peterborough

5. Chelmsford                                        5. Wakefield

6. Glasgow                                            6. Doncaster

7. Milton Keynes                                   7. Derby

8. Sheffield                                            8. Stoke

People working in IT had the highest average score, at 75 out of 100, followed by those in the design/creative sector and then marketing.

Students were among those registering the lowest score at 48, below the test average of 53.

The test also revealed the top 20 websites. BBC, Facebook and Google were top in that order. Other favourites included Wikipedia, YouTube, Digg and Piczo.


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