Just because millennials grew up texting, binge-watching and gaming on a variety of digital devices doesn’t mean they have the tech knowledge to make it in the modern workplace. The American Institutes for Research recently analyzed a survey conducted by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies that measured how well millennials (in this case, 16-34 year-olds) perform a variety of mildly complex task that mirror commonplace office responsibilities. They found that six out of 10 can’t perform even relatively easy tasks like emailing information from a spreadsheet. The study also reported that the lack of real tech skills could dramatically affect income: People who did well on the tests earn 40 percent more than those who did poorly. Maybe it’s time to spend less effort getting past Candy Crush level 829 (it’s basically impossible anyway), and more tinkering around in Excel.

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