The following comment was written by an anonymous author in response to the digital divide that is so evident in our society today. “Power is necessarily unequal when one group knows what’s going on and the other group does not. And the powerless, lacking information as they do, almost necessarily function at the bottom of the economic and political pyramid of almost any society” (Racial divide,2010). Whether it is gender, racial, economic or disability related, our nation is segregated by the haves and the have-nots.
Digital Divide defined
What is meant by Digital Divide? The Digital Divide is the lack of ability for certain groups, usually socio-economic and cultural, to access necessary information and communication technology (ICT) (Gorski, 2001). The lack of access usually includes the unavailability to computer and internet services. As describe by Gorski (2001), the digital divide is further subdivided by gender, race, income and disabilities.
With the increase of availability of access to technology in society today, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts (Conversations for a Better World, 2010). Why is this still happening in the Twenty-first Century? Globally, the root cause is the cultural treatment of women. In many cultures worldwide, women are denied access to education let alone technology. Even if they are given the opportunity to use a computer, most often they lack the computer skills to effectively navigate most websites (Digital Gender Divide, n.d.).
In America and other developed countries, the digital divide that separates gender is much narrower, and often equal to that of males, depending on the survey. If a digital divide does separate the genders in developed nations, the reason for reduced Internet usage on the part of women is their lack of interest in careers in the area of science, computers and mathematics’ (Gorski, 2001). According to Gorski (2001), these jobs are commonly computer and internet intensive, and statistically women steer away from these more male dominated jobs.
The implication of this report on education by student’s teachers, students and parents is the fact that much of the data presented fails to implicate the modern American female student. Despite the possibility of women shying away from careers in engineering or mathematics, the availability and the freedom to explore these paths are unlimited in the American culture. Female’s students young and old are viewed as equals in the American classroom.
According to a number of websites, studies have revealed that a digital divide exists between various races (Fairlie, 2004). The most prominent racial segregation is between whites and other cultures; most predominately between Afro-Americans and Latinos. According to the ProQuest Journal article, The Persisting Racial Digital Divide in Internet Access (2010), earlier when Internet became available, twenty-one percent of white families had...