With technology constantly moving forward, the tradition of ‘hand-me-down’ presents has been replaced by ‘hand-me-ups’, a study has found.
This is where parents ‘inherit’ smartphones, iPods, Kindles and cameras from children who have been enticed to buy yet another newer more exciting model.
Experts said the trend is a positive one, resulting in an older generation being exposed to newer technology before they might otherwise have been.
A survey of 2,000 people revealed that more than a quarter of us gave outdated gadgets to parents as gifts over the festive season.
The trend was even more apparent among young adults. Almost half of those in the 18-24 age group said they gave ‘hand-me-ups’ for Christmas.
Those questioned said the main reason for passing on their old devices was that they no longer wanted to own gadgets which were ‘outdated’.
A third of the people interviewed by mobile operator Three said they gave the gifts because cash was tight.
One in ten decided to give their old smartphones to their parents so they could log on to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
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