Auto-correct generation can't spell simple words, but says spelling is important
Computer auto-correct technology has left many adults unable to spell simple words such as "definitely" and "separate," a British survey has found.
The research suggests that the UK has produced an "auto-correct generation" that relies on spell checks to get common words right.
The poll by learning disability charity Mencap, which questioned more than 2,000 adults, found that around a third could not spell "definitely," while a similar proportion failed to pick the correct spelling of "separate."
About 65 percent picked a wrong spelling for "necessary" from a list that did not include the right spelling.
But while many adults struggled to spell simple words, the poll also found that three-quarters of those questioned considered themselves good at spelling, with 96 percent saying spelling was important.
And many people are relying on spell checks -- 18 percent said they use one all the time, while a further 21 percent said they rely on them most of the time. Fewer than one in 10 never use a spell check.
Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring said, "With over two-thirds of Britons now having to rely on spell check, we are heading towards an auto-correct generation."