Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor

Nellie Bowles, The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected, The New York Times, October 27, 2018

What is the digital gap?

It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.

Through the WI Lens

A new trend with profound implications in terms of wellbeing is developing in the US: Silicon Valley’s parents are moving toward screen-free lifestyle. It is telling that those who know best about tech are increasingly worrying over the impact that screens have on their children. As a result, a new digital divide is rising: soon, the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction. As Chris Anderson, the famous former editor of Wired, put it: “The digital divide was about access to technology, and now that everyone has access, the new digital divide is limiting access to technology.” Be certain that the issue of digital wellness will soon become paramount.

 

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