Topic 1: Digital Differences

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;

  1. “Privileged”:  individuals with internet access
  2. “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.

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Fig 1.1 | Household Income affecting Internet access

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Fig 1.2 | Education level affecting Internet access

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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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A Structural Definition Of Social Privilege | MSS Research. 2017. A Structural Definition Of Social Privilege | MSS Research. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2017].

Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. 2017. Who’s Not Online | Pew Research Center. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2017].

FutureLearn. 2017. Page from Learning in the Network Age – University of Southampton. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2017].

Digital Differences and Money. 2017. Digital Differences and Money. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2017].

6 thoughts on “Topic 1: Digital Differences

  1. Hey Alicia, I agree that learning relies on a person’s curiosity. You can give someone all the access in the world but it will be moot if he doesn’t want to use it.

    Regarding your ending question – the best method of retaining information differs with individuals. No doubt, there are many people who still prefer read hard copies of books and handwritten notes. Personally, I like to digitize everything.

    However, I believe that the process of learning can always be facilitated with the internet to a certain extent. In the same context, a paperback fan could still rely on the internet for book reviews, locating libraries and even purchasing a book. While learning within the internet may not be suitable for everyone, the internet can make offline learning more convenient in many ways, though indirectly. This is particularly evident in perhaps senior education, who aren’t as digitally literate. What do you think?

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    1. Hello Shanelle! Thank you for dropping by my blog. I agree with you that the learning processes differ for each individual.

      What you mentioned reminds me of the concept of new retail (by Alibaba) – where they introduced online retailing in physical spaces; bringing a new concept to shopping in the physical stores. (Source:
      I agree with your blog which states that “In order to bridge the gap, communicating the value of the internet should come before teaching technical skills.”I look forward to seeing how we can collaborate online and offline learning together to provide us with the best learning resources in the future.


  2. Hi Alicia, I agree that each individual has different learning methods! It depends on the individual learning preferences.

    Looking at your figure 1.3, learning for older generations above 46 like young boomers (47-56) would prefer to learn through hardcopies like books and notes. Although, 80% of young boomers use the internet, they still sceptical of the Internet world.

    Regarding your question on the outcome of the website and offline, I believe, it is different for each of us. However, I feel that we cannot solely use one learning method as we need to have a broader perspective. The Internet can be an additional platform for them to source for more information that cannot be found in the textbooks or any hard copies.

    I prefer the traditional hardcopy and handwritten notes way of learning method, as I can note down and highlighting the key points easily. I will further research on the Internet to better understand the topic. What are your views?
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    1. Hello Shih Ying! Thanks for dropping by my blog. As mentioned in Shanelle’s comment, offline and online learning can work together to provide the best learning resource. Take a look at how Alibaba’s merges online and offline retailing together –

      Personally, I like to read and do my research online as I find it easier to keep all my notes in one physical space and I am able to arrange them to my liking. 🙂


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