The Digital Capabilities Divide

from the put-some-numbers-out-there dept

With all the talk of the “digital divide” a researcher has done a study looking at the digital divide in terms of internet capabilities. There are plenty of reasons that you could find fault with the study (small sample size, all respondents from a similar region, the tasks don’t really show internet skills, etc.) but it is still interesting reading. Though, in the end, none of the findings are particularly surprising. Younger people are better and faster at using the internet than older people. Better educated people (with the exception of those who are still in school) seem to be better internet users than less educated (though, the numbers are a little odd here). And, finally, the longer you’ve been online/the more you use the internet the more likely you are to be faster and better at looking up info online.

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