Over 55s are more clued up when it comes to technology jargon than youngsters, says Plusnet.

Research by the ISP revealed that nearly three quarters (72 percent) claim to understand terms like bandwidth and router perfectly, compared to 61 percent of 16 to 24 year-olds. The most knowledgeable group appeared to be 25 to 34 year olds with 79 percent claiming to know what the terms meant. Furthermore, 39 percent of 16 to 24 year olds did not have a clue about these expressions, which is higher than the national average of 27 percent, and despite the fact 59 percent of UK households own a net-connected PC.

More than one in five (22 percent) of over 55s have taken lessons on how to use the web, compared to just eight percent of 16 to 24s.

Despite widespread belief that the older generations aren't too confident with technology, 96 percent of over 55s say they're confident with sending emails and 91 percent reckon shopping online is a breeze. Although online bingo isn't proving as popular with the older generations as only a quarter of over 55s admit they play regularly compared to half of 16 to 24 year-olds.

"It just goes to show that despite the growing online literacy in the UK, people are still unsure of certain key terms and uses for the internet", said Jamie Ford, CEO of Plusnet.

"An interesting finding from our research is the increased knowledge of the over 55's who have perhaps had to go out independently and source online learning through support sessions in their local community."

Ford said although youngsters have greater exposure to the internet through their communication habits and means of education, 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.

"Perhaps this Christmas it will be the grandparents' turn to show the grandkids how to use their new gaming console or ebook!"