The Technology Gap: Gender, Economic Status, Knowledge, Race

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In today’s generation, we are a society that is dependent and driven by technology. Today’s youth is far more technically inclined than that of our parents or previous generations. We have seen great strides and evolution in the past 10 to 15 years than we have over a whole century. Growing up in this environment we can continuously be updated and kept in the loop with the latest and greatest innovation. The same cannot be said for previous generations, there is a dividing when it comes to technology and age. This is rightfully so though as some older people, depending on what age, have never been exposed to current and modern technological gadgets. While this sort of divide can be easily comprehended there a multitude of other divides that have developed in our society among our generation, these being rooted in gender, economic status, knowledge, and race. This paper will analyze the gap in technology that exist between males and females, rich and poor, various races, and education, that are currently present in our society. As well as look at why do they exist, what are the repercussions that can occur, and what can be done to narrow and possibly eliminate such gaps. When a person typically uses the term “geek” or “nerd” the picture that comes to mind is a scrawny guy in glasses and button down shirt. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is only a one in four chance that a female IT professional will assist you (Miller, 2012). It is for this reason that society has fell into a digital divide when it comes to gender and technology. It begins at childhood, where a young boy’s first exposure to any type of technology is predominately video games or any other electronic gaming system. Meanwhile we have youn... ... middle of paper ... ...1. Horrigan, John. Wireless internet use. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2009. Jansen, Bernard J. Use of the internet in higher-income households. Pew Research Center, 2010. Miller, Bobby (2012). Boys, Girls and Computers: Gender Differences in Technology Usage. Nvate. Retrieved December 15, 2013, from: http://nvate.com/6195/gender-tech/ U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration. "Digital Nation: Expanding Internet Usage." Feb 2011. Retrieved December 15,2013 from: http://ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/ntia_internet_use_report_february_2011.pdf Shelton, Hilary O. "Guest: How to Bridge the Digital Divide for Low-income Families."The Seattle Times. N.p., 01 Oct. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. Zickuhr, Kathryn. Who’s not online and why : Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013.

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