Digital Divide: Focus on the United States
INF 103 Computer Literacy
March 18, 2013
Digital Divide: Focus on the Unites States
The digital divide is the fact that some people have easy access to computers and all the benefits that they provide, while many other people are cut off from them because of poverty or living in underdeveloped countries or rural areas without Internet access (Bowles, 2010). This paper will focus on the availability of access to the Internet instead of access to a computer with the intent of using the Internet. There are different forms of digital divide and different types of people affected by it. Viable solutions have been put into place. They are being tracked for effectiveness and, according to research data, are working well. Over the last two decades, the gap in the digital divide has lessened considerably, but it does still affect a great number of people. The digital divide presents itself in several forms. Age and education are the two most prevalent forms (Compaine, 2001). In relation to age and education, the divide is best seen between today’s typical teenager and the grandparents of that teen. The gap can result from a lack of education in how to use the available technologies and/or from the amount of technical expertise a person has. This gap is small though. According to a study conducted in 2009, 33% of adults between the ages of 18-24 spend between 8-15 hours/week online vs. 21% of adults ages 65+ (Wauters, 2009). In 2000, a study revealed that one in five American adults does not use the Internet. Among those adults, almost half of elderly people who purposefully do not access the internet say that they don’t feel the Internet is necessary or relevant to them. Most of them have never used the internet and neither has anyone in their home. This clearly shows a lack of education and familiarity. In fact, about one in five of them...
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