A new UK survey has revealed that traditional excuses, which kids usually give their teachers regarding their homework, have now been replaced by ones involving technology.
Online backup company Mozy, which carried out the study of 500 teachers and 1,000 pupils, found that the average teacher hears at least 20 different homework excuses a week.
"Technology and computing has changed the way we conduct every aspect of our lives," the Telegraph quoted Claire Galbois-Alcaix of Mozy as saying.
"Our research has discovered that many UK schoolchildren are using technological errors with their teachers.
"And computer crashes or accidentally deleting work, are the perfect modern-day excuses to get out of homework. But it''s not always a fabrication though.
"I''m sure all of us have at some time actually experienced the panic of losing documents as a result of a computer virus, accidental deletion or even spilling a drink onto a computer and causing a catastrophic crash," she stated.
The study, which was carried out between the 13th and 23rd of August found three quarters of teachers have noticed an upsurge in the number of pupils blaming technology for not doing homework.
The report found eight out of ten pupils regularly attempt to pull the wool over teachers'' eyes by blaming modern gadgets that older staff members don''t understand.
The top 10 most common excuses are:
1. I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email
2. I finished my homework but then I deleted it by accident
3. The dog ate it
4. My computer crashed and I lost it
5. My printer broke
6. I finished my homework but was unable to save it
7. My printer ran out of ink
8. My Internet was down so I couldn't do any research or access assignment
9. I spilt my drink on the computer and it broke
10. My house was burgled and my computer was nicked