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Age- Digital Generation Divide

39.6% internet users in Africa compared to 89.4% of internet users in North America according to


Age- Palmer

Toxic Parenting- argues parents rely on technology to keep their children occupied and entertained; children feel isolated and can’t relate to others.


Age- The Ofcom Report 2014:

83% of adults now go online, 62% of adults use a smartphone


Age- Garside

Generational differences; 6 year olds understand the internet more than adults, calls younger generation “digital natives”; as they grew up with the internet.


Age- Berry

researched older users of the internet and found that when explaining their reasons for not accessing the internet most of the participants explained that this was due to their lack of skills and/or lack of interest in doing so. Berry also found that many faced psychological barriers. Berry also suggested that there were some websites that have been specifically designed for older users. Finally Berry notes that 79% of households below state pension age have internet access, compared to only 37% of those above state pension age.


Class- Digital underclass

Those who have lower education and no employment appear to be those left behind in the growth of the internet


Class- Mertens and D’Haenens

studied digital divide in Brussels and found that those from lower social classes used the internet less and used it for entertainment rather than middle class who used it for knowledge; 79% w/c had game consoles compared to 65% m/c.


Class- Helsper

Children from poorer homes are becoming victims of a digital divide; children from better-off backgrounds were more likely to exploit the internet’s resources


Class- Marxists

Would criticise the digital divide as it encourages alienation and exploitation of the working class.


Gender- Patriarchal ideology

The Internet is designed by men for men.


Gender Socialisation / Stereotyping -

Gendered toy eg. Game consoles for boys so they are more likely to be equipped to deal with technology


Li and Kirkup-

Researched Chinese and British students and found that men are more likely to use email and chatrooms and were more likely to be more confident with their internet skills


Locality- Global digital divide

Global differences, primarily between developed and developing countries in regards to accessing the internet.


Locality- Internet world statistics website

39.6% internet users in Africa compared to 89.4% of internet users in North America according to


Locality- Lesaca

We should use technology specifically social media for counter-terrorism