This activity is based on a table of Individual internet access by gender and age, 2001-02 to 2007-08
What evidence is there in Table 3 that the digital divide in the UK is narrowing between:
- young and old?
The date in the tables shows that since 2001/2 and 2007/8 the internet usage of all age categories has increased between 26 and 35 percent, with the noticeable exception on the 70+ category in which it only increased by 9 per cent.
Internet usage in all years was significantly higher in all years for 16-19 year olds, however the rate of increase was slower than in all age categories other than 70+, which means these age categories are catching up.
For me these figures suggest that generally the digital divide is narrowing but deepening between age ranges. In other words the majority are catching up but the over 70s are rapidly being left behind.
- men and women?
The difference in total usage for men has always been between 2 and 5 per cent more than in women. The results appear to indicate that the divide was narrowing towards the middle of the decade with the differences shrinking to 2 and 3 percent between 2004/5 and 2006/7 however the latest results indicate that the divide is widening again with a difference of 4 per cent in 2007/8
I am not sure what this can tell us about a digital divide, other than it fluctuates