ERIC Number: ED463391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping a Future for Digital Connections: A Study of the Digital Divide in San Diego County.
This study examined the digital divide in San Diego County (California), conducting background research, reviewing published studies, and surveying county residents on computer ownership, computer use, and demographics. Results indicated that computer skills were fast becoming essential. Nationally, it was projected that 60 percent of jobs required technology skills. Locally, of the 30 occupations surveyed at 400 employers, 80 percent had computer software requirements. San Diego was ahead of the nation in bridging the digital divide, though a significant divide still existed. Wealthy households were twice as likely to own computers as low income households. The college educated were twice as likely to own computers as those with elementary education. Nationally, those with college degrees were more than four times as likely than those with an elementary school education to own a personal computer. Hispanic and African American households were twice as likely to not own computers as Caucasian and Asian American households. Hispanics were significantly disadvantaged in terms of computer ownership and knowledge of technology. African Americans were the most likely to be totally detached from the information age. For families, the digital divide was most significant among single parent households and older people in family settings. Recommendations for action include providing outreach to the unwired on the use and benefits of information technology and convening community forums to discuss best practices and techniques. (Contains 21 figures, 6 tables, and 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)