Through The week’s topic , I have a evident view of digital divide. ‘Digital divide” could be understood that the world could be divide into people who do and people who do not have access modern information techonology : TV, telephone, Internet…. In fact, The occur of digital divide could be seen between cites and rulral areas, especially between rich countries and poor ones.
For example, a study in 2012 showed that top 10 countries with highest internet users are almost in develop countries.
Sexual is considered that influence to digital divide. With statistics from 2005 to 2008 , male are always likely than female in access internet issue.
In 2008 figures showed that older people have tended to use less internet than young people. The age from 18-29 remain 70 percent while the age of 65 plus only 19 percent. It is demonstrated that areas where have many young people meaning higher internet users.
Low income also indicated that consistently link with internet access. 97 percent have a broadband internet access with people who have income more than $ 120,000 per year compare with 97 per cent of people have less than 40,000 per year.
As DiMaggio and Hargittai (2001) identified that there are five facetor relating to internet inequality
Access to appropriate technology and equipment
Autonomous use (the capacity for people to use the internet where and when they wish)
Social support in the erea of internet use
Purpose for which the internet is use
According to Tanya Notley, a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney claimed that
“We need to understand the impact of internet access and quality disparities on social inclusion, including employment levels and other opportunities to participate in society”
Conclusion, Although internet delivery of huge usefeul information and effective, it is not benefit if everyone have limited access to web.
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