My first memories of a digital divide was getting beat on video games by my younger brother, Manny. He also was always in charge of the remote when my parents weren’t around, as he seemed to be less apt to break it. This being said, I was one of few kids in the public lower school, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a computer at home. We didn’t use them often at school, but when we did, I knew an average amount about them in comparison to my peers. My parents couldn’t ever really help me with anything I didn’t know. They were both college graduates and of relatively high education levels, but decided to go into the coaching profession, where their ambition to learn how to work new technologies decreased.
In middle school my exploration of the digital divide was somewhat halted by my parents. I was the last one of my friends to get a cell phone and my phone didn’t have a full keyboard or internet access, until I was a sophomore in high-school. By this point we were living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I was going to a highly academic private school, and I found myself behind the curve quickly. In middle school, these kids had gone through a computer class that I had not, and it was very obvious.
Now I feel like I had somewhat caught up, at least on the things that I need on a daily basis. I am still not strong using remotes, fixing things, or knowing how to construct anything involving technology but I get by day to day in school. Both of my parents are the same in this sense, so I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Fortunately, both me and my parents have people who can help us if there is something we need that we can’t figure out. For example, I have recently broken my phone (water damage) and my laptop somehow but I have an advisor and tutors in study hall that can make sure I still get my work done.
I currently use social media applications and websites much more than anything else technologically. I use twitter, Instagram, and Facebook predominantly, and I also check my email occasionally. I typically don’t tweet, because I feel like most of what I think either isn’t appropriate to post, or isn’t witty enough to be enjoyed by my followers. I mainly use it to get news about swimming, fashion ideas, and to see what my friends are saying. Instagram is my favorite social media. I like posting pictures and seeing what my friends post as well. As a girl in my generation, I read into likes and posts more than I probably should. This can be entertaining and evoke more emotion than you would think, when the app on a basic level should be very straightforward. Facebook is outdated to my, and has been taken over by an older generation but I still enjoy the combination of statuses and pictures, and how everything is organized chronologically by date. For me, email is strictly business. I check it every couple days but it’s typically nothing too exciting to me.
I think everyone if effected by the digital divide and I am too. Often times I ask guys for help when trying to figure things about my phone and laptop out. I find deeper meanings in social media than many of my male peers, and I think I am directly affected by the level of technology my parents are familiar with.
This post was written by a student, and has been left unedited by the admin.