Digital Divide

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“THE DIGITAL DIVIDE”

Interaction between people and technology, most especially the COMPUTER, has greatly increased as we begin to enter on the twenty-first century. People’s ability to access computers and INTERNET has become very important to completely familiarize their selves in the economic, political, and social aspects of the world. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this technology. The idea of the “digital divide” refers to the expanding gap between the needy members of society; and the middle-class and people living in urban areas who have access. Since the early days of the INTERNET, data already show a huge increase in the number of computer users who has access to network. However, the gap is still very obvious if compare the number of global population to the population of the people who has access.

Although the concept of digital divide may seem wrong to most people, the section of the society already connected are gaining useful benefits from the computer and the internet. They are adopting newer technologies faster and are having more connections than others. In education, people with access to Internet and computer have better study habits than those without access. They can search ideas, answers to question, and interact with fellow students faster than the others. In terms of business and income, greater opportunity lies ahead of the privileged people because telecommunication facilities are more readily available for wealthier communities and are more attractive to for developing businesses to establish themselves. In terms of entertainment, the socially advantaged are evidently more updated with latest movies, music, and with all those things in social networking sites than the underprivileged. With all these, the group who has less computer usage is just left to old technology far behind.

As the years go by and as technology continues in advancing, the issue of the digital divide cannot be ignored anymore. In our...
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