Thursday, April 26, 2012

Users and Non-users

Dear Sally Wyatt,

I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to use the internet and have access it at all times despite the country one lives in.  The Internet has become such a crucial part in the lives of almost all in the world and everyone should have the benefit of experiencing it.  Reading this article made it clear to me how outdated it is.  Reading some of the statistics about the usage of the Internet is completely different from what it is now.  It is also weird to hear that there was even a stereotype of the average user, which was “a young, white, university-educated man”.  This is shocking knowing that all people of all races and education levels use the Internet.   One other thing that I found interesting was that there was an decline in the amount of internet users ages 18 to 29.  Now this is the age group and ages younger than 18 than are the primary users of the Internet with no trace of slowing down with their Internet usage.  Overall I believe that everyone should be a user of the Internet, even people of the older generations that did not grow up with computers.  You also mention people who are not users of mobile phones.  This is also a little weird to hear since even my 7-year-old cousins have their own cell phones now.   Technology has changed so much since 10 plus years ago and it is almost a necessity to have Internet access and cell phones for everyday use.   

Kelly Myers

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