Dividing the Nation: Internet study shows separations in digital usage
Research is being conducted at the University of Leicester in order to understand how internet use is affected by factors such as education, age and class, and has been published in the prominent journal Information, Communication and Society.
The Department of Sociology’s Dr Patrick White has been leading the study in which it has been found that internet access is exceptionally limited in adults over the age of 65, especially those working in manual jobs, whereas individuals located in the traditionally “middle-class” bracket or those who have stayed in full-time education beyond the age of 16 were far more likely to surf the net at home.
These findings are exceptionally relevant in our increasingly digital age, where everyday activities such as banking, shopping and socialising are often undertaken via the web. Dr White's research suggests that the internet’s aim to equalise opportunities does not bear out, despite an increase in Internet access and use during the first decade of the 21st century.