We are now in the computer/IT age. There were other ages before now. Each age had the chief tool, used for controlling the affairs of people. There are people and nations who have embraced computer technology, for a long time, and there are those who are yet to embrace it. In between the two groups of people, there is a gap called the Digital Divide (DD)
Digital Divide refers to the gap, that exists between different people and societies, because of the access or no access to IT. It can either be, the lack of technology in physical form, or the lack of skills for using the technology.
When the existence of a “digital divide” first emerged, it revolved around access to computers and related technologies. The concept gained attention with the recognition that some people were not going online.
The high cost of computers created a large divide, between people who could afford them, and those who could not. Those who had access to all the advantages of a computer, and those who did not.
The falling cost of computers means that the ability of both technical and financial organizations, to make full use of the technology is available. The main driving force, of the falling price of computers/tv/electronic items, is the rapid improvements in technology that have occurred in the past 50 years.
The digital divide now takes into consideration access or lack of access to the Internet. The age of Information Technology has indeed taken a lot of people by surprise. Our society has been divided, even before the era of Information Technology even began.