Did you know about these everyday life hacks?

November 02, 2015

Over 63 million gadgets[1] are being neglected in the UK, with over 21 million Brits[2] admitting they only know how to use certain parts of their devices, according to new research*  by technology brand Bush.


Although 35 million people[3] say they don’t feel confident when using technology and 15 per cent never read user manuals*, one in three (32 per cent) reckon their lifestyle would improve if they knew how to get more use out of their gadgets* – allowing them more time to relax in front of the TV, work from home and exercise.


The top technology challenges were revealed by the research as:

1.         Understanding what the cloud is (44 per cent)

2.         Connecting to tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth (35 per cent)

3.         Streaming music and films (24 per cent)

4.         Understanding all the different programmes on the washing machine (24 per cent)

5.         How to send a text message (11 per cent)


Andy Robertson, family technology expert who has worked with Bush to devise a series of life hacks[4] to help Brits get the most out of their gadgets, said: “Young people are the most confident when it comes to understanding technology, but for parents or grandparents born in a generation where the cloud referred to something in the sky, it can be a bit harder to work out the quickest way to access your files remotely, or how to stream the latest box office film on your TV.


“There is so much untapped potential in the gadgets and appliances that we use every day, so I have developed some life hacks on how to get the most out of technology – whether you are using it for work, having a night in front of the TV, or cleaning up.”


The study also found that despite the wealth of new technology products available, many of us feel nostalgic about more traditional products, with over half (52 per cent) holding on to their analogue radios and two in five (40 per cent) still using cassette players.


Watch our video as Andy Robertson shows us some top tips and expert advice on simple life hacks you may have been unaware of up until now with your everyday gadgets and appliances



[1] Based on an average of 7.4 internet enabled devices per household (Source: YouGov) and multiplied by 26.4 million UK households (Source: ONS, 2013), the 34 per cent of respondents stating they do not know how to use all the functions of their household devices equates to over 63 million gadgets

[2] Based on 34 per cent of respondents stating they do not know how to use all the functions of their household devices and on a UK population of 64.1 million (Source: ONS, 2014)

[3] Based on 56 per cent of respondents saying they don’t feel confident using technology, on a population of 64.1 million (Source: ONS, 2014)

[4] Life hacks are tips to make our lives easier and more efficient