Digital Divide

What is the biggest digital divide?

Socio-economic Divide

-In 2001, 9.2% of households have broadband that number has risen to 63.9%.

-Households with college degrees make that households income higher, meaning the more college degrees running the house, the better chance of having broadband.

Racial Divide

-77.3% of Asian households, 47.9% of Hispanic households, 48.3% of Native American households, 68% of Caucasian households, and 49.4% of African American households have broadband connection.

Gender Divide

- Studies show that girls out perform boys in all subjects, including physical science as well as engineering, however girls rarely choose the fields as a program of study at the college level.

- It seems that teachers often deliver these topics more toward the male population therefore losing the interest of the girls in the group.

-Excluding engineering, woman make up the majority in all areas of study at the college level.

Geographical Divide

-In the Northeast and Western states there are more households with broadband then in the south and mid-west.

The New Divide

-Comparing students in large cities and students in small cities to those in rural towns can show a large gap in the digital divide. Many broadband companies do not have equipment for internet connection out in the rural areas of the country, leaving those Americans with no internet connection in their homes.

In Conclusion

-Most people think of the digital divide being a racial or ethnic issue, when in fact there are many other factors that go into the divide between students and broadband internet access. Students are given the opportunity to access the internet in schools, some schools more so then others, but the access is there. At home, there are thousands of students that do not have that capability. Therefore, giving students ample time in the classroom to work on projects and research is absolutely necessary so that no one is being singled out for lack of resources in the household. ...

Citation

-Information Policy: Socio-economic Factors Continue To Impact Digital Divide In The US- New Report. (2010, January 1). Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.i-policy.org/2010/11/socio-economic-factors-continue-to-impact-digital-divide-in-US

-Hertz, M. (2011, October 24). A New Understanding of the Digital Divide. Retrieved September 17, 2014.

-Tessler, J. (2010, January 1). 40 Percent in U.S. Lack Home Broadband. Retrieved September 23, 2014.