It’s no big secret that the Internet is changing the way we spend money, interact socially, conduct business, and portray our personalities to the world. What may be shocking is that this Internet revolution is actually leaving many individuals, companies, and entire countries behind due to socioeconomic divides. As we enter a political era that is anything but content, the growth of the Internet only further increases the disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’
The following Infographic looks at economy, education, and socioeconomic divides, and shows some of the major reasons why the current approach to an Internet-ready world can have potentially devastating results for America’s disadvantaged.
Positive statistics jump out immediately: 21% of economic growth in developed nations is attributed to the Internet. In the US alone, more than 6,000,000 students are taking online classes through education programs, accredited online colleges, and Universities’ online program options. Additionally, the majority of teachers state that student learning and quality work increase with the use of eLearning options.
What about those without access to the Internet? That’s where the divide comes into play. The infographic shows that 46% of the poorest households don’t own a computer. By contrast, only 4% of the wealthiest households don’t own one. Additionally, minorities have lower rates of Internet access than whites, and in mostly rural areas, an average of 1 in 10 households have no broadband available at all. Take a look for yourself and see how lack of Internet access for homes in the U.S. can put our entire country at a disadvantage.
Created by: Online IT Degree