University of Twente: Internet creates an information elite in Netherlands




Researchers from University of Twente claim that creates an information elite on the Internet. Where higher education over the internet to strengthen their position in society, using secondary and primary education, the medium mainly for entertainment.

Online research The researchers from the University of Twente claim based on their findings that social inequality is increasing on the Internet. Highly educated follow eg online courses, do digital networks and read the news online. People with lower education use the Internet mainly for chatting, gaming or social media. This trend is expected since 2010 can be observed.

The existing economic, political and cultural differences in everyday life are only exacerbated by the differences in Internet usage. This effect is enhanced by the researchers substantive skills, such as searching for information. The split is, they contradict what was thought until now. That 97 percent of Dutch people have access to the Internet, does not guarantee that the digital divide is closed, so say the researchers. Instead, according to them creates an information elite that has characteristics of existing social elite.

The research is described in the article Increasing inequalities in what we do online, which is published in the journal Telematics and Informatics and in the article Internet skill levels increasement, but gaps widen.


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