Privileges affect individual capacity. In society, social privileges allow an individual to utilize all privileges extended to their community in order to improve their own individual position (MSS Research, 2017). This post will discuss how these “Digital Differences” impact how we interact in the digital world and my personal interaction with the web.
Digital Differences refers to the differences between those with and without internet access (Pew Research Center, 2017). They can be categorized as;
- “Privileged”: individuals with internet access
- “Underprivileged”: individuals without internet access
Digital privileges are shaped by the nature of our individual lives (FutureLearn,2017). Take a look at the below graphs to have a clearer idea of how demographics affect internet access.
Fig 1.1 | Household Income affecting Internet access
Fig 1.2 | Education level affecting Internet access
Fig 1.3 | Age affecting Internet access
However, this categorization is not very accurate as some users are able to utilize the internet but have no qualms about doing so. This is a reflection of the Online Practices of said individuals. It is usually affected by their personal values, social beliefs, and the expectations others place on them (FutureLearn,2017).
I agree that digital differences impact learning by affecting the availability of online resources. However, it is dependent on the online practices of individuals if they were to utilize the resources.
In my case, growing with the internet had given me time to develop my practice towards digital learning. Demographics factors and my geographical location have contributed to my positive attitude towards online learning, enabling me to absorb knowledge in ease and the comfort the internet provides – relying on Dr. Google every now and then when I have any questions. However, I think that learning, in general, relies on your curious mind and not solely on your learning processes. One can always debate that digital learning makes it easier to attain learning resources, but does the outcome of learning on the web or offline differs?
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