Participation and the Digital Divide

What is a Digital Divide?

The term Digital divide describes a gap between those who have ready access to information and communication technology and the skills to make use of those technology and those who do not have the access or skills to use those same technologies within a geographic area and or community.

Age, educational attainment and income and people with disabilities are common factors as to why there is such a digital divide in today’s global and worldwide economy.

It is visible because many people who are born during the generation time frames known as Generation Y and Generation Z are the generation who have grown up around digital technology where as people who are born in the generation time frame such as Baby Boomers didn’t grow up with the technology that Generation Y and Generation Z have and as such many Baby Boomers were already retired or very close to retirement age when the present range of digital technology came to the forefront and many would of had to have learned from the younger generations.

The infrastructure by which individuals, households, businesses, and communities connect to the Internet address the physical mediums that people use to be able to connect to the Internet, digital technology items such as desktop computers and laptops, mobile phones or smart phones, iPods or other MP3 players, Xboxes or PlayStations and tablets such as iPads.

Internet connectivity can be utilized at a variety of locations such as homes, offices, schools, libraries, public spaces, Internet cafe and others. There are also varying levels of connectivity in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

An individual must be able to connect in order to achieve enhancement of social and cultural capital as well as achieve mass economic gains in productivity, therefore access is a necessity condition for overcoming the digital divide in today’s global and worldwide economy.

American population digital technology usage statictics
American population digital technology usage statistics
World digital technology statistics
World digital technology statistics

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Reference List

5 factors tied to the digital divide. (2013). Table of information statistics taken from American population. Image retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/08/whos-not-online-5-factors-tied-to-the-digital-divide/

Digital divide widens in 2013. (2013). Information statistics of world population users in 2013. Image retrieved from http://www.destinyman.com/2013/10/11/digital-divide-widens-in-2013/

High speed internet creates new global digital divide. (2014). Pie graph statistics of world internet users in 2012. Image retrieved from https://newmediaanddigitalculture.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/42/

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