The Digital Divide
Even though more African-Americans use the Internet, the number is still lower than the white population.
The report shows that people of color usually don’t own a desktop computer, but when it comes to laptops Hispanics, whites and African-Americans show the same numbers.
I do believe that things are changing when it comes to technology. The younger generation is hungrier for new things such as iPhones, iPads, Androids, etc. They are more likely to spend money on a smartphone than the older generation.
I believe there is a digital divide in the U.S., but that it’s getting smaller. Now if you look outside of the U.S. there is a big difference. Many countries in Africa don’t have Internet, much less smartphones.
The divide is still there, even here in the U.S., and to me it’s all about money. I often wonder - when watching people with their smartphones and laptops - how many of them are in debt, or had to take a loan to pay for the latest Mac or iPhone.
I was spoiled with Internet at home: we were one of the first families to get it (I was around 13 years old). But I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 15, and I had to share it with my siblings.
Nowadays I see 6-year olds with iPhones and Androids. So the world has changed and whether or not you own a phone or a laptop may cause distress for parents and kids alike: when “everyone” owns something, if you’re the “only one” not having one.. It’s the way of the world.
So yes, I do believe that more people, from all backgrounds, are owning smartphones and laptops and using the Internet. But I also believe that it has a darker side to it and that there’s still a lot of people living in the “dark ages.”
Is there a digital divide?
Yes, it has just changed some.