Digital Divide Essay

1086 WordsSep 23, 20135 Pages
The Internet has brought about huge changes in the way we do things and on many aspects of our society. Digital divide between the technologically literate, elite people and the wide fraction, which cannot access such information, is one of the most significant problems faced. Those without money, literacy, electrical power, proper training, and phone/broadband infrastructure have been excluded from the resources of the internet. One thing that comes to mind in reference to digital divide was seeking employment at the age of seventeen. After carefully looking for jobs that interest me, I narrowed my search to five jobs in the neighborhood where I was living. When I went to apply for the jobs, I was discouraged. I assumed that all I needed to do was to meet with the person in charge, address my desire to be employed, and feel out a paper application; but I was immediately directed to apply online. At the time, I didn’t feel totally comfortable about using the computer, nor did I want to take the time to enter the necessary information. Technological literacy and digital divide has become the salt and pepper of our society. Technological literacy, involves individuals the potential to shape their lives and the world around them. However, this “potential” comes with various competencies in action. These are: obtaining knowledge, personal engagement, and social engagement in the world. Patterns all over the world tend to represents global diffusion of the internet. Presently, internet is the fastest diffusing information and communication technology to date. During 1999, internet users increase by one million every month; compared to fifty-two years taken by electricity, seventy-one years by telephone, thirty-eight years by radio, and thirteen years by television. Serious inequalities not only between social layers, but also age and gender groups,

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