With a rising need for technically sound engineers and folks who can work with advanced network machinery, there’s also an alarming rise in the number of folks worldwide who are lacking badly in the basic internet skills dept.
So , lets go forward and dig deep into why there’s such a great digital divide across and outside of the educated class on the planet, particularly among adults who are a stage further away from the Net than those who just happen to encounter it at work.
I'll also list possible solutions as we are going.
1: UNMANAGED MIGRATION
The web was originally a defence based project ARPANET. Before the 1970s nobody had ever imagined something similar to this, that would connect folks far and wide with one another, would ever be put to commercial use, given security constraints. Much less think about imparting basic internet skills to people.
As it probably did become commercialized, there had been very Little motivation for folk to add it as a skill that would be required in everyday activity. So it became more of a resume item, than an additional field of technical training. This unmanaged migration has led to a sizeable number of people even those who are stupendously intellectual and able to keep away from the Net as it was never hard wired into their understanding.
solution : education desires to focus less on getting people to memorize technical invention and formulae – and more on getting folks to utilize and apply Networking, via the Net. We require more assignments over Internet tasks and fast research, than on stuff you see in the books.
For elders and those adults who feel challenged at the office, we need adult education programs that encourage net activity and teach the fundamentals of how to read and surf correctly, so they get the necessary information swiftly.
2: The Necessity For A Real Requirement
When was the last time you really worked with dedication on something that never interested you?
Irrespective of how big the issue was, there was still a little bit of you that was repenting for having got involved with it.
And what about doing something that there was a burning need in you to do? I mean some task so dear, you wanted to do it and succeed with it no matter what!
Well, the internet is a similar case. Until and unless theres a burning need for utilising the net and getting it right, theres no point trying to learn any basic internet skills. They wont stick. What's meant by this? It basically means that connecting to a network with a lot of information wont be a preferential option if the info needed isnt valuable, or if the individual is just trying to build his resume and isnt NEED driven to utilize the net for his/her benefit.
solution: The easiest way to get somebody acquainted with proper net usage is to give them a role that's got a short cut-off point and requires them to go hunting over discourse forums online or to utilise a search site like Google to get to websites that lead on to more and more websites, each giving them some pieces of the info required to finish the task. It becomes a kind of game in the long run, but its very effective. People not only get the task finished faster, they also get a rush of what browsing the net can be like, in a great way.
3 : REALISING THE POWER OF THE INTERWEBZ
Since many people are new to connecting almost, the digital divide has the issue of technical understanding. Well thats simple to solve by sitting in an instruction lab for a week or so. If not glorious, you'll at least get competent at it.
But the bigger problem is that folks don't know the true power of the web yet. Actually even people who made the Net go commercial couldn't have realized how forceful it might become.
While, earlier it was only official work and documents that wanted to be communicated or emailed, now its more about social Networking and connecting with others on an emotional level.
But these factors aren't the actual power of the web. They're merely tiny processes and tools. Also, the internet is evolving into a problem-solution technology.
This means with new execs and experts in nearly all fields sharing more of their data that solves deep issues faced by others, the web is turning into their solution ground for people facing hurdles to find them fast and get their answers! So theres not simply a need for folk to conquer basic internet skills to find these experts, theres also a chance of finding a solution thats sure to drive them to exploit the web properly in times to come.
So that the power of the interwebz lies in INSTANT answers To EVERYDAY Problems.
solution: Let me explain with an example. Imagine you are facing a root. Canal treatment for your tooth. And theres some problem that you cant yet work out but you are not a doctor so you dont know much. And its paining!! You can find whats taking place and what you might do instantly to help out, by conduction a tiny 5 minute Google search. And you all of a sudden chance across a website that's got a small booklet or e-booklet describing the exact condition you are facing…
Such needs within folk need to be brought out by inspiring them to right down their issues separately and give the internet a shot for some solutions. The more valuable answers they get, the more driven they will be to boost their Internet use.
4: CULTURAL AND TECHNICAL Aversion
For a lot of individuals, particularly adults in Great Britain, using technology and creativity to modern levels of freedom wasn't thought of as a blessing. Actually technical advancements have remained more of a wonder of the scientist than a resource of the regular man. There have been numerous times when getting office jobs accomplished has also been somewhat of a cop-out from the web by claiming that it isn't the typical way things were done.
Such a point of view leads to cultural aversion and technical incompetence that impedes your connectivity and web proficiency…work becomes detached.
solution: Allow folks to have their own perspective of technical liberty over their personal lives as well as encourage social connectivity over the web. Have them work more in cloud based office environments for which employees who are challenged, are rather forced to acclimatize to the cloud. In the process, they are going to start utilizing the web more effectively and their basic internet skills will improve at a breathtaking pace!
Lee Smallwood is a Digital Media Consultant with digicoms – working with brands to increase engagement. Lee can be found on Google++