Almost half of the UK think they are computer illiterate, reports a new survey by BT Home IT Support.

The poll of 500 men and women revealed that 75 percent of women and 55 percent of men class themselves as computer illiterate, proving many Brits suffer from low IT self-esteem.

Taza Mohammedbhai, head of home IT support at BT, said: "Given the importance of technology in both work and play, it's surprising that so many people lack confidence in their skills. It looks like Britain could be suffering from a serious case of low self-esteem when it comes to their digital lifestyle. While the research shows that low IT self-esteem affects both sexes, men clearly perceive themselves to be the superior sex when it comes to IT literacy."

When it comes to asking for help, we still follow gender stereotypes with women asking for help on IT issues an average of 7.5 times a year compared to men who asked for help just 3.5 times a year. Women also spend over eight hours a year solving IT issues, in contrast with men who spend just three.

Emma Neale, BT Home IT Support advisor, notes the gender divide on the desk, "We have found that more women than men are subscribing to the service. Men tend to call in when they've encountered a problem, tried to solve it and failed. We've found that our female customers are more likely to call for advice when they've got a general enquiry about their computer, rather than just when there’s a problem."

The UK IT Literacy report also highlighted that women spend 50 percent of their online time social networking on sites such as Facebook while men spend 60 percent on their web-time playing online games.