The Digital Divide: Not Gone Yet

With the seeming ubiquity of laptops, tablets, and smartphones, the notion of a digital divide has faded into the background of many people´s consciousness. However, a recent study by the Pew Research Center´s Internet & American Life Project indicates that while the  gap in access to, and usage of, the internet has diminished, it is still an issue. Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • “One in five American adults does not use the internet.” Of those who don’t go online, roughly half say that “they don’t go online because they don’t think the internet Is relevant to them.”
  • “The internet access gap is closest to disappearing is that between whites and minorities. Differences in access persist, especially in terms of adults who have high-speed broadband at home, but they have become significantly less prominent over the years–and have disappeared entirely when other demographic factors (including language proficiency) are controlled for.”
  • “In February 2001, when about half of adults were online, only 4% of American households had broadband access; as of August 2011, about six in ten American adults (62%) have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Men are more likely than women to have home broadband, and whites are more likely than minorities.”
  • American with disabilities have lower rates of internet usage. “Some 54% of adults living with a disability use the internet, compared with 81% of adults without a disability”

Check out the full report here for more interesting findings.

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